Just a note of clarification: Lent is also observed by a number of protestant
denominations. In my career in church music I have worked for an Episcopal
church, a Methodist church, a Baptist church, and presently work in a Lutheran
church. All of the churches that I have worked for observe Lent and I strive to
program my music accordingly. By the way, I am LDS.
@ EricC...thank you for clarifying the observance of Lent by other
denominations. I, too, am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, but I was baptized into the Church at the age of eighteen. I grew up as
a Lutheran, and we always observed Lent. Unlike Catholics, we did not mark our
foreheads with ash, but we did count the days up to Easter, give up something we
loved (usually chocolate)for Lent and observed Palm Sunday. It was a major
culture shock for me to see the lack of emphasis by the LDS Church preceding
Easter, especially Palm Sunday. I missed getting my palm frond, which was
always handed out to everyone upon leaving church, when I was Lutheran. Another
thing that was strange to me was that Ascension Day was not celebrated with
special services. I am still the only member of the LDS Church - all of my
family are either members of the Lutheran Church or the UCC (United Church of
Christ, formerly the Reformed Church), so the observance of Lent, Palm Sunday,
Easter dawn services and Ascension Day are still very much a part of my life.
As I read the blog article, which I found interesting, there was only one thing
that bothered me? Having been a lifelong member of the LDS Church, the author
of the blog must have known or must know converts to the Church. Why not just
ask them about their customs surrounding religious holidays? Why the need to
"Google" it? Why the need to wait for the age of the Internet?
That's kind of sad, I think.
I agree with you about the need to google it being kind of sad. I've never had
any hesitation asking people about their traditions surrounding religious
holidays. In my experience asking about traditions is the beginning of some
cherished friendships I've made over the years. Not to mention the fact that
I've learned a lot that I've found to be very meaningful.