Do Mormons believe in Palm Sunday and the Holy Week?
Last year at Church I welcomed everyone with a greeting of “Welcome to Church, have a good Palm Sunday.” Repeatedly I was asked, “What is Palm Sunday?” I was shocked, so I asked a member of the Bishopric “Please tell me you know what Palm Sunday is?” The reply saddened me. “Yes, it is a Catholic Holiday.” I was so sad, I love Holy Week, but instead of complaining, I am trying to fix the problem. My hope is to clear some misunderstandings about Palm Sunday, the Holy Week, and Easter. Because, yes, Mormons do in fact believe in and celebrate these Holy Days!
Palm Sunday marks the triumphal entry into Jerusalem by Jesus Christ. As he entered the city He was welcomed with shouts of hosanna and with people holding palm branches, hence the phrase “Palm Sunday.” In St John, it is recorded.
12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
John 12:12-13 (KJV).
Last year for Palm Sunday many members attended the Dedication of the Provo City Center Temple, in which they waved a white handkerchief and participate in the hosanna shout. This is one of the many ways Mormons observe Palm Sunday.
In the words of a living Apostle, Deiter F. Uchtdorf.
The Holy Week and the Prince Of Peace
We believe the biblical account of Palm Sunday and the Holy Week. And we observe them in our families, by reading the stories, and in the church by learning about Christ, and partaking of the Sacrament (communion). The church encourages us to share the gospel and to focus on Jesus Christ. This year the focus is on how Jesus Christ is the #PrinceOfPeace
For the #PrinceOfPeace campaign the Church has chosen a principle or teaching of Jesus Christ for each day of Holy Week. They ask us to think about, ponder, set goals to do better, and also highlight someone who has been an example of the principle of peace in your life. The dates, principles, and accompanying scriptures will be:
April 9 – Faith: Mark 5:36
April 10 -Compassion: Matthew 14:14
April 11 – Forgiveness: Luke 6:37
April 12 – Repentance: Isaiah 1:18
April 13 -Gratitude: John 11:41
April 14 -Scripture: Matthew 4:4
April 15 – Prayer: Matthew 21:22
April 16 – Hope: 1 Cor. 15:19, 22
During Holy Week there are three days that stand out above the rest, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Morning. Because these are the most important days of Holy Week, Mormon.org has actually created pages for each of these three days for members to learn from. The Church has also made a Holy Week interactive website called Easter Week detailing each day of Holy Week, from Palm Sunday all the way to Easter Morning. With brief information about each day.
The 7 days from Palm Sunday through Easter Morn are the most important 7 days in the history of the humanity. They’re the events surrounding the Atonement and redemption of all mankind. In the words of Jeffrey R. Holland, a living Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“As we approach this holy week—Passover Thursday with its Paschal Lamb, atoning Friday with its cross, Resurrection Sunday with its empty tomb—may we declare ourselves to be more fully disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, not in word only and not only in the flush of comfortable times but in deed and in courage and in faith, including when the path is lonely and when our cross is difficult to bear.”
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.
Like Christians around the world, we believe in the biblical accounts of Holy Week! We worship as did the early saints, as we strive to follow the practices of Apostolic Christianity. We believe in Jesus Christ, we believe that He Lived, Atoned, Died, and was Resurrected. And #BecauseHeLives We will live again! We truly believe Jesus christ is the #PrinceOfPeace
Join us is sharing the good news of this Palm Sunday, and Holy Week. Easter Morning came! To find a meetinghouse near you click HERE!
To learn more about these principles and how Christ is the #PrinceOfPeace I invite you to visit mormon.org/easter