Poll: Celebrating Easter
I’ve never really liked how Easter plays second fiddle to Christmas as far as religious celebrations go. Sure, it seems more natural to celebrate a birth rather than a death, but without the atonement, crucifixion and resurrection, would Christ’s life have been as powerful as we believe it is? Actually, you could argue that His pure and perfect example of how to live was more important than how he died, but in our theology, so much is dependent on those last few days that it is hard to compare the value of Christ’s sacrifice to the miracle of His birth. Both vital and pivotal, but it saddens me that we gloss over not only Holy Week, but very often Easter Sunday itself.
This year, my ward is having stake conference on Easter. I’m sure the speakers will attempt to focus on Christ and the experiences that we believe were necessary for reconciliation with God, but in the past that this has been the case (in my experience) the whole thing falls very flat and is little more than an obligatory mention. There is no sense of celebration, no ritual to put effort into. And without even the opportunity to partake of the Sacrament (as is the case with a conference Sunday), the day can be very lacking indeed.
So in addition to the understanding we have attempted to give our children this week about the various holy days that precede the glorious morning of the resurrection (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday) we are attending a service at one of the cathedrals in our town. We did the same on Christmas Eve and it was a very powerful experience for our oldest daughters.
Please, after you vote this week, share with us what your congregations are doing or have done to celebrate Easter. Have you ever supplemented your worship? Do you feel that the Church is lacking in this area? Or, if you would like a place to do so, please share your testimony of Christ and His sacrifice.