Date: March 17, 2023 11:49PM
Jana Reiss: SLT, April 2020:https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/04/05/jana-riess-palm-sunday-is/
"It's intriguing that Nelson is instituting the Hosanna Shout on the perfect day in the Western liturgical calendar: Palm Sunday. Shouting “hosanna” on Palm Sunday is a sacred tradition for Christians all over the world as they commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. At that time, Jesus rode a donkey while crowds lined the streets to welcome him by shouting “Hosanna!”
"But reenacting this scene is not common for Latter-day Saints, who celebrate Easter but do not generally mark the other days of Holy Week. Mormon worship services on the Sunday before Easter do not explicitly reference Palm Sunday or its traditions."
It's "not common" for LDS.
But you all are right, in this and other similar discussions on other threads about a seemingly rapidly evolving church: Maybe the Big-3 realize it's Mainstream or Die time.
I understand that change may occur in programs and emphasis as years go by but Mormon leaders seem to be moving at lightning speed to re-invent the brand. They're not quite at the level of the Pope hinting about backtracking on clerical celibacy but LDS leaders are implementing their new look Mormonism (less Briggy more Jesus) at a noticeable clip.
Pope Francis is clarifying (excusing) the change he's trial-running by emphasizing that celibacy is a "discipline not a doctrine". You'd think a good few priests would be some ticked off after being faithful to this "discipline" for their adult lives. "NOW you tell us" I can imagine them wanting to say to Francis. I know that for them a principle would still be mandatory and that was their choice at the time they entered the priesthood but the differentiation gives the Pope an avenue to retract the mandate in order to hopefully attract more males into the shrinking priesthood.
It's a bigger deal, imo, for the CC to change such a prominent feature of its priesthood (and especially given the sacrifices made by priests through all the years) than for LDS teachings to begin to include some of the more traditionally non-LDS Christian beliefs and practices.
But to hear Mormons suddenly talking about Palm Sunday, in addition to their somewhat recent emphasis on Jesus, is a bit of an adjustment.
Maybe they'll characterize it as ongoing light and knowledge which can help to bury the memory that they were so busy with JS, BY et al throughout their history that they de-emphasized, or even rejected, discounted or ignored basic Christian beliefs which led to them being branded as non-Christian, or as an inconsequential (outside of Utah/US) sect at best.
For many, it just took too long for The Prophet to wake up and smell the Easter lilies.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/18/2023 12:15AM by Nightingale.