Turning Tradition on its Head: COVID-19 and the Latter-day Saint Sacrament


Christine  Elyse Blythe (Brigham Young University)

The sacrament is a formal ritual performed each Sunday by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the modern church the ritual has been both routinized and universalized. However, in 2020 this formal ritual was turned on it head as public worship was forced out of churches and into the homes of members. This paper examines the folklorization of the LDS sacrament during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it temporarily opened the door to children and women's participation and personal variation.

Part of 07-03 Sacred Spaces [hybrid], Saturday, October 15, 8:30 am–10:00 am