Honoring Mary and all Mothers

Happy Mother’s Day

Today we honor Mary, our Blessed Mother and Mother of Jesus Christ, as well as all mothers – living and deceased. In churches across the world, there were May Crownings and special blessings for Mothers.

This day has become a commercialized holiday in many parts of the world, especially in the United States. Hopefully that doesn’t change the underlying reason for the special observance – honoring those loving women who have given the precious gift of life. It is fitting that they be the recipient of gifts and loving affection today.

Some Facts about Mother’s Day History

The history of Mother’s Day is centuries old. During the 1600’s, the early Christians in England celebrated a day to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. By a religious order the holiday was later expanded in its scope to include all mothers, and named as the Mothering Sunday. Celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter), “Mothering Sunday” honored the mothers of England.

Later, as Christianity spread throughout Europe, the celebration changed to one honoring “Mother Church”, the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm. It then evolved into a celebration honoring all living and deceased mothers on “Mothering Sunday”. This celebration was discontinued when the settlers came to America but it would later resurface during the Civil War era.

President Woodrow Wilson declared the first national Mother’s Day, as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war. On May 9, 1914, he made the first official announcement proclaiming Mother’s Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May. He asked Americans to give a public expression of reverence to mothers through the celebration of Mother’s Day.

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