Mothering Sunday is always the fourth Sunday of Lent and is a Christian celebration. It is not a secular event, even though, as with so many Christian celebrations, our society tries to push it that way. Although it’s often referred to as Mothers’ Day, it has no connection with the American festival of that name. Traditionally, it was a day when children who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to return to their mother and family and visit their nearest big church, the ‘Mother Church’. This was in order to give thanks to God for all the blessings they received, and all that was good about the maternal bond.
Mothering Sunday continues to be a religious celebration of mothers and the maternal bond, and children give flowers, presents and cards to their mothers, and other maternal figures such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law. The spiritual dimension is very important – as important today as ever (possibly even more so). As any mother will tell you, motherhood instils deep bonds that are impossible to interpret on anything other than a spiritual level. In fact, many would claim that becoming a parent was the moment that they became convinced of the wisdom of there being a loving creator God.
It is important that we do not take motherhood for granted, whether we be the child, the parent, the grandparent or the carer. As such it remains important that we return to God’s holy house to give thanks for the blessings he bestows in such relationships. This Mothering Sunday, return to mother church and give thanks for one of the strongest relationship bonds God imparts into our lives.
Mothering Sunday, 6th March 2016
9.45am St Mary Magdalene, Geddington
11.15am St Mary the Virgin, Weekley