Mothering Sunday or Laetare Sunday always falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent and is a tradition that goes back many centuries. The word ‘Laetare’ is Latin and it means ‘rejoice’.
Centuries ago it was considered important for people to return to their ‘home’ or ‘mother’ church once a year. So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit the main church or Cathedral of the area and give honour to their Mother Church.
As the years went on, it became established as a day for families to reunite, celebrate and honour their own mothers as the focus of the family. It became a time when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants, were given a day off to visit their families.
Now, it is a day when flowers ,gifts, and cards are given. But it can also be recognised, in its truest form, as a time to recognise those who are in the act of ‘mothering’. The dictionary defines ‘mothering’ as ‘to care for or ‘to protect’. Those who serve others, those who provide loving, nurturing care as if they were the mother to the individual are so often forgotten.
On this day, when we honour our own mothers and those who provide loving care, we also remember Mary the Mother of Our Lord who nurtured and protected Him all through his early life.
Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with those who care for others.
Give them calm strength and patient wisdom.
Let the love they show for others be always a guide for us. We think of all our mothers , those who live near and those far away. Let your blessings be upon them today and always.