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Published: Sunday, March 31 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Breakfast of Champions
Provo, UT

Mormons have really got to start some movement to encourage people to celebrate ALL of Holy Week, not just Easter. It confounds me to no end that we don't observe all of what's considered the most important week in Christianity,and then cry when people think we're not Christian! It would be nice not to have to go to a Catholic or Orthodox church during Good Friday to get any sort of mention of the day. And don't say the old "we like to focus on the resurrection, not the crucifixion" argument. That's almost blasphemous. Both are equally important. Both are central to Christianity.

killpack
Sandy, UT

Breakfast of Champions,

As a Mormon who believes in The Bible, I strongly disagree with your comment. The Holy Scriptures, such as The Bible, are the ONLY source of true Christianity. Pagan flavored holidays, while effective at drawing some individuals' attention to The Lord, are neither Biblical nor do they require my observance. A true Christian thinks about Christ, and the unimaginable price He paid for our sins, ALWAYS. At the very least, they should pay their respects and observe a WEEKLY communion, not a once yearly, weeklong holiday. Mormons have held Sacrament services, EVERY SUNDAY, in memory of the Crucified Son of God, since 1830. I don't mean to sound insulting, but I totally fail to grasp how that could in any way be perceived as un-Christian.

freedomfighter
Provo, UT

What is with the insult to other Christians? According to your logic we shouldn't celebrate any Christian holidays (Easter and Christmas included) because we should be thinking of him "always." You obviously don't know many Catholics or Orthodox, as devout ones believe Mass is a weekly requirement, not "a once yearly" thing. They have also held sacraments (the eucharist) habitually since (they argue) the very beginnings of Christianity.

And please, do tell me, how ON EARTH Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are pagan holidays while Easter is not?

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Christianity's holy days are appropriated pagan feasts that were given a Christian makeover. The Biblical proscribed days of observance celebrated by Jews were never incorporated into Christian observance. Early Christianity did celebrate Passover. But the Christian break away from Biblical law became so strong that not even the Feast of Pentecost was held onto despite its coinciding with a significant event in Christian history.

killpack
Sandy, UT

freedomfighter,

In what way did I insult other Christians? I was defending my own faith, which was under attack. I wasn't attacking someone else's. I know that Catholics, Orthodox Christians and many others observe weekly mass. I NEVER said they didn't. I was simply defending my own faith, not insulting someone else's. I observe some non-Biblical, pagan flavored 'Christian' traditions like Christmas and Easter. But even if I didn't observe ANY such non-Biblical traditions, that does not make me less of a Christian. I attend the Mormon equivalent of Mass every Sunday, in remembrance of the Crucified Lord. And that was my point. If you follow the BIBLICAL mandate to weekly remember the Lord and the terrible price He paid, and in reality if you remember Him ALWAYS, that is what makes a true Christian. There is no such mandate to observe things like Christmas, Easter, Lent, Good Friday, etc. So how does my non-observance of such make me less Christian?

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

In Catholicism, Christmas is among a dozen or so feasts designated "holy days of obligation" for which a Catholic is obliged to attend Mass. The list varies between the Greek and Latin Rite traditions and sometimes between countries. The Protestant tradition effectively abandoned the practice of such observances. Puritans in England actually tried to suppress the celebration of Christmas by legal means.

Mormons celebrate Christmas and Easter but there is no requirement to do so, just as there is no prohibition against observing Good Friday if one chooses to do so. But if a Mormon in Sunday School class suggested that Mormons observe Passover, some fellow ward members might wonder if he was some kind of a nut.

Live and let live. I believe that respecting different religious traditions is implicit in Jesus' injunction to judge not.

killpack
Sandy, UT

Craig Clark,

I believe your comments to be a fair representation. Thank you for not insulting my faith, as the first commenter did, or for accusing me of being insulting when I wasn't, as the second commenter did.

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