Michael and I participated in an LGBTQIA Interfaith Human Rights Devotional in the Kirtland Temple on October 16. (The text of the talk I gave will be posted shortly.) We had planned to lead the group in what we called the Lavender Hosanna Shout, but just a few hours before the event began we had to modify our original plans.
In 1836 at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple, the Saints shouted “Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna, to God and the Lamb. Amen. Amen. Amen!” This shout has continued throughout the history of Josephine Christian expression. It wasn’t until the dedication of the Salt Lake City Temple that members of the LDS Church used white handkerchiefs with the Hosanna Shout, which meant that using lavender handkerchiefs in the Kirtland Temple would have been ahistorical. So instead, we likened these lavender handkerchiefs to a personal tabernacle and we distributed them to everyone in attendance. We still shouted within the walls of the historic Kirtland Temple, “Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna! To Justice and Peace for All! Amen. Amen. Amen!”
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