Why Mothering Sunday? For centuries, the fourth Sunday in Lent was the day on which people went to their ‘mother church’ – the church in which they were baptised. It was a day on which families met up across the generations. In the course of time, it became what it is today – a day on which motherhood is celebrated. You can find out more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothering_Sunday.
It is particularly appropriate during Lent to remember words spoken to the parents of Jesus when they presented him in the temple at the age of forty days, according to the purification ritual. An old man named Simeon saw him and prophesied to the parents of Jesus that he would be ‘a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to God’s people Israel’. He then went on to say ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’ This prediction seems to foretell the grief the child’s mother would feel at his crucifixion. You can read more about the Presentation in the Temple by entering Luke 2:22-38 in the website http://bible.oremus.org/
Here is a short prayer for Mothering Sunday:
Dear Lord God, we thank you for the example of humility and faithfulness shown by Mary, the mother of Jesus. She stood by her Son throughout his life, giving us an example of parental love. We ask that all parents may show such care for their offspring, allowing them to develop secure in the knowledge they are loved. Amen.