I knew about the big “to-do” that the JFS presidency made about this event in Vermont. But I had no idea that local congregations were invited to join in. Specifically, the announcement’s invitation for local congregations to hold “memorial services” struck me as odd. It reads like they’re being invited to hold little mini-funerals throughout the Church. Did the invitation’s description strike anyone else this way?
I can’t actually think of a better term to use than “memorial services” to describe services to honor the memory of the Prophet (“commemoration”? “celebration”?), so there’s that.
I’ve been thinking about this since David commented. “Memorial service” does sound like a funeral to me; “commemoration” sounds much better. I wonder if “memorial” had a different nuance then (“… these deeds shall thy memorial be; fear not, thou didst them unto me” is not funereal, for instance).
I know nothing about the church-wide local commemorations, either. It would be worth finding out — maybe checking the minutes of a few wards on this date.
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — May 17, 2013 @ 2:15 pm