From the Vicar…
My dearest brothers and sisters,
Mothering Sunday, what are its origins in the Church?
From The Church of England
Each year on the fourth Sunday in Lent, countries around the world celebrate
Mothering Sunday. This typically involves lavishing Mums with gifts and
attention and celebrating the women who have nurtured us throughout our lives.
Here are some of the traditions that have shaped Mothering Sunday into the
celebration recognised today.
The Journey to the Mother Church: In the 16th century, Mothering Sunday was
less about mothers and more about church. Back then, people would make a
journey to their ‘mother’ church once a year. This might have been their home
church, their nearest cathedral or a major parish church in a bigger town. The
service which took place at the ‘mother’ church symbolised the coming together of
families. This would represent a significant journey for many, before the days of
Uber or taxis.
A day off to visit Mother: Another tradition was to allow those working in the
fields on wealthy farms and estates in England to have the day off on the fourth
Sunday of Lent to visit their mothers and possibly go to church too. This was a
variation on the theme of visiting the ‘mother’ church and was a move towards a
more family focused occasion. Before the days of cars and roads, family
get-togethers were far more rare, (and facetime was still a long way off). In some
ways this tradition is still alive today as grown-up children often visit their parents
on Mothering Sunday.
Simnel Cake: Simnel cake has a strong affiliation to Mothering Sunday as it is
usually associated with Spring and Easter. It resembles a Christmas fruit cake but
should be slightly lighter in texture. The other difference is the two layers of
marzipan. Yum. Simnel cake should have a layer of marzipan running through the
middle like a Victoria sponge, and then another layer of marzipan on the top.
Traditionally, you should also roll some marzipan into eleven eggs and place these
on the top. The eggs are supposed to symbolise the disciples who followed
Jesus—note that Judas is excluded.
This Sunday, churches throughout the world will be sharing their own traditions,
celebrating and giving thanks for the huge impact mothers have on each of our
lives. For S. Michael and All Angels, it is a day when our school and church come
together, and we celebrate all the wonderful things about mothers, remembering
Mary as she stands at the foot of the cross.
May this time together today remind us all of what is so
special about our school and church, about all the mothers
in our lives, and about Mary, the Mother of God.
Peace be with you.
- Bible Discussion Group with Fr Chris: Mondays 10:45 am in the Lady Chapel.
- Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge.
Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
- Needlework Group meets Tuesday at 7:45 pm in the parish lounge.
- Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel Wednesdays at 12 noon.
Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Pat Evans (358 0127).
- Angelology Group meets Thursdays, 10:30 am in the Lady Chapel.
- Parish Annual General Meeting 28 April after the 10:00 am Mass.
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