Mothering Sunday

Mother’s Day and Mothering Sunday are actually different.  Mother’s Day is an American holiday while Mothering Sunday is an old Christian holiday that is celebrated on the 4th Sunday in Lent.

Mother’s Day was created by American Anna Jarvis to commemorate all mothers around the world.  The holiday has now become commercial with children and spouses showering the mother with flowers and presents.

Mothering Sunday is a day honouring the church where a person is baptised and becomes “a child of the church “ and celebrated since the Middle Ages.

Reacting to Anna Jarvis’ efforts to establish Mother’s Day in 1913 a British lady called Constance Adelaide Smith revived Mothering Sunday in this country to honour Mother Church, the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus and Mother Nature. 

 By the 1950s Mothering Sunday was celebrated across the U.K. and the Commonwealth.  In modern times “Mother’s Day” has become synonymous with “Mothering Sunday “ due to its American influence and commercialisation.  

The holiday has become secular as a celebration of motherhood following the American tradition and its original religious meaning has become lost.

At Jesus’ crucifixion was his mother standing at the foot of the cross along with a group of female disciples including Mary Magdalene.

The narrative is in all four Gospels of the New Testament.  The Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, is a central figure of Christianity.  After giving birth to Jesus in Bethlehem she raised him in Nazareth in Galilee.  She was in Jerusalem with her son at his crucifixion and with his disciples after his ascension.

Historians have confirmed that there was a solar eclipse at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion.  The eclipse is mentioned in 3 of the Gospels and confirmed by NASA who have charted the paths of 5,000 years worth of solar eclipse.

The Virgin Mary has been venerated since early Christianity and is considered by millions to be the holiest and greatest saint.  However, on the day her son was crucified she was first and foremost a mother walking through Jerusalem’s streets during an eclipse holding a crown of thorns.

Mother Mary in Jerusalem

The mother walked through Jerusalem Town
Her son’s death marked by a solar eclipse;
Weeping, she pressed the blood-stained thorny crown 
To her tear-stained trembling white lips.

Darkness came over the whole land that day
And Mary saw with other eyes the street
In Galilee, fishermen on the bay
And heard again those little running feet.

Those wounded feet on the cross she had kissed,
Around Joseph’s carpentry shop had run;
Mary wept and smiled, though in Death’s grey mist
Nailed to wood and lost, her beloved son.

Then, in the crown, she found one single hair:
In the darkness around her finger wound;
Through a haze of tears, in the circlet there - 
Love never dies - her little son she found.

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