Since today is Palm Sunday in some churches, I feel obliged to say something about liturgical years. I had never even heard of a liturgical year until I really started studying Orthodoxy. I had heard of Lent – particularly that my Roman Catholic best friend seemed to eat a lot of fish at certain times of the year. But the concept of celebrating the life of Christ through the year, or that different parts of the year could have different meanings (besides Christmas and Easter), was entirely alien to my religious experience. Until just a couple of years ago I didn’t even know what Palm Sunday was.
I feel that this is something significantly lacking in Mormonism. With the exception of fast Sundays and conferences, there is no organized cycle through the year with didactic value at all. The curriculum in classes change every year, and we sing Christmas hymns all December, that’s about it.
So whenever a religious holiday or liturgical season passes without any mention in church, I get kind of frustrated. I feel that members of the Church would have so much more of an emotional connection with the events that took place in Christ’s life if they would just organize some kind of liturgical year – or recognize one that exists already. There’s no reason given in church why they reject the use of such calendars, and little to no recognition that they even exist.
So as far as saying something specifically about Palm Sunday – I don’t know how. I know the origin of the day – Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. But as far as what Palm Sunday means emotionally to people, or what I’m supposed to be pondering during it – I have no idea.