Friday Minute: Improving sacrament reverence

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  • catcrazed Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 25, 2012 8:13 a.m.

    Amen to Sore Loser! I will improve my own behavior. I would also respectfully request that parents of young children PLEASE bring your little ones out of the chapel when they fuss. I can hardly hear the speakers in my ward over the din. I know we need to teach them reverence and good behavior. Perhaps taking them out would teach them that the chapel is a sacred place of worship, where a different behavior is expected. And have you noticed how quiet the chapel is during the sacrament, but how loud it is during the speakers' presentations?

  • Sore loser tampa, fl
    April 22, 2012 7:28 p.m.

    I agree that quietness isn't necessarily reverence, but it goes a long way in not disturbing others in the chapel that are trying to meditate. There are a lot of references to the Sacrament in the article but less regarding reverence itself. Pres. McKay said "an irreverent person is not a believing person." That's a strong statement. We learn in Primary that "the chapel is a sacred place, we enter quietly", and "the chapel doors seem to say to me, shhh, be still". The rules of reverence in the chapel are, 1) get to church at least 5 minutes early, 2) focus on listening to the prelude music and meditating on that 3) no conversations in the chapel other than friendly greetings in hushed tones 4) no leaving the meeting early unless absolutely necessary 6) leaders shouldn't be communicating with one another on the stand 6) exit the chapel in the same reverent manner without conversing, 7)make your way to the next meeting and get there on time so as to not disturb a lesson already in progress. Reverence is so important, and a quiet demeanor is a good first step that should not be undervalued.

  • Bill in Nebraska Maryville, MO
    April 22, 2012 2:00 p.m.

    What the author said about the hymn I believe pertains to those who can sing but literally refuse to. They just sit there and act as though no big deal. It has been said that many of the LDS Hymns are prayers in and of themselves.

    We have also been instructed that Sacrament Meeting is the most important meeting we will attend during the week. Each week we renew those covenants we made at the time of our baptism and of such we shall have his (The Fathers) spirit to be with us for the next week. The sacrament has the ability to wash away our sins of the past week and make us clean once more, just as we were at the time we were baptized. The bread represents his body and the water his blood. It doesn't matter what we actually drink because all the wine does is symbolize his blood, just as the water does. It is all symbolism of the Saviors love for us.

    We do a disservice to him when we fail to recognize his hand in all things. We should each remember and read the sacramental prayers for our own salvation.

  • Sqweebie Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    "Please help maintain the spirit of reverence by taking your conversations into the foyer after the meeting"

    I have noticed in my own ward as well as those who meet in the chapel before us just sit or they will stand in the aisle catching up/making plans for the following week. This should and can be done in the foyer or from home over the phone. It kills the spirit of reverence of the meeting that has just finished.

  • Fern RL LAYTON, UT
    April 20, 2012 2:52 p.m.

    I love to sing, even when I "...can't carry a tune in a bucket." I also recognize that many have the song in their hearts when their voices can hardly manage anything. That is all good, in my opinion.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2012 1:13 p.m.

    "For those who are able to sing but clam up during the hymns, you are telling the Lord you don’t need the spirit of the sacrament. In effect, you are telling the Savior that his hymn on that sacred preparation for Gethsemane is meaningless to you because you are above it all, so why bother to open your mouth?"

    If you're worried about whether or not Brother or Sister Samplename are singing during the sacrament meeting hymn... you may not be giving the sacrament proper reverence yourself.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    April 20, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    RE: That fateful[Maundy] Thursday evening, Jesus accomplished the atonement for all sin, grief and pain from Adam to the end of the world.

    Fulfillment was at the cross. (1 cor 5:7) … as ye are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover(lamb), was sacrificed for us.
    Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper at the Passover meal using matzoth as his body and wine as His blood. Christians celebrate the Lord’s Supper in order to receive the forgiveness He obtained by the sacrifice of His body and blood in order to remember their release from the slavery of sin to the freedom of his kingdom.

    Passover comes from the “passing over” of the angel of death over the homes the Israel lite slaves in Egypt had marked on the door post with the blood of the sacrificed lamb. Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.(John 1:29)

    he and his disciples "sang a hymn" (Matthew 26:30). Hyms from the second half of the Hallel Psalms 115-118)

    "sacrament", the Latin sacramentum to consecrate", a Church Latin translation of the Greek (mysterion, mystery, secret 3466)

  • Gracie Boise, ID
    April 20, 2012 9:19 a.m.

    "For those who are able to sing but clam up during the hymns, you are telling the Lord you don’t need the spirit of the sacrament. In effect, you are telling the Savior that his hymn on that sacred preparation for Gethsemane is meaningless to you because you are above it all, so why bother to open your mouth?"

    As a retired musician who struggles with serious deteriorating health each day, I realize members of my congregation who know I sang only a few months ago are noticing that I now don't sing. I can't. Not much breath for speaking let alone singing. The problem with your above statement is that members of a ward or stake take to heart what appears in Mormon Times essays like this, and they tend to evaluate whether nonsinging congregants are "telling the Savior that...Gethsemane is meaningless to you because you are above it all." I understand your point but the judgment call is harsh and presumptious. It causes people to stumble while they decide who's following the Savior and who is not. Yes, we shouldn't judge--beginning with casual and judgmental presumptions such as yours.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    April 20, 2012 8:14 a.m.

    What a timely and meaningful must have been just for me because my commitment and respect for the Sacrament was reinforced by reading the article. It is so easy to be distracted especially during the Sacrament with things going on, etc. But the time during Sacrament passing is my time with my Savior to renew my covenants and desires to be more like Him and to more fully recommit myself to be a better example and more righteous Daughter of God.