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Catholic Church
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Monday, March 23, 2009
MOTHER'S DAY: NEXT SUNDAYWe are designed to receive life from the womb of our mother, and to receive "the fullness of life" from the womb of the Mother of God. Mother's Day is then the celebration of an exalted vocation, and one which most clearly shows the forth the truth of the Son of Mary's key to life and its fullness: "He who loses his life will find it"; "the last will be first", "I have given you an example, go and do likewise".

Mothering Sunday is originally a Christian festival celebrated throughout Europe.
A religious festival celebrating motherhood has been existent in Europe since approximately 250 BC when the Romans honoured the mother goddess Cybele during mid-March. As the Roman Empire and Europe converted to Christianity, Mothering Sunday celebrations became part of the liturgical calendar as Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent to honour the Virgin Mary and the "mother church"[1].

During the sixteenth century, people returned to their mother church for a service to be held on Laetare Sunday. This was either a large local church, or more often the nearest Cathedral. Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone "a-mothering", although whether this preceded the term Mothering Sunday is unclear. It was often the only time that whole families could gather together, if prevented by conflicting working hours. Another tradition associated with Mothering Sunday is the practice of "clipping the church", whereby the congregation form a ring around their church building and, holding hands, embrace it.

The celebration of Mother’s Day itself is a more recent phenomenon. Ann Jarvis of West Virginia, USA, on the second anniversary of her mother’s death, asked her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia, to celebrate a day to honor mothers. Her mother had died on the second Sunday in May. The church obliged and the following year, the city of Philadelphia joined in the celebration. Thanks to a campaign by Jarvis and her supporters, by 1911 almost every American state celebrated Mother’s Day. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday.

At one point Ann Jarvis became so fed up with how commercial the holiday had become that she actually filed a lawsuit to stop one Mother’s Day event from taking place.
May Mary Mother of the Church, pray for our mothers

posted by Sinead Reekie at 12:50 pm