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Resources for Mothering Sunday, March 26th 2017
"We are pleased to offer our Mothering Sunday resources for the use of Churches and Children’s groups. They are divided into various elements, from which a service or children’s session may be compiled, as appropriate. We have also included service outlines as examples of how the material may be used."http://www.mothersunion.org/resources#overlay-context=our-focus/mothering-sunday
Anglican Observance Of Mothering Sunday
Mothering Sunday, not to be confused with Canadian Mother's Day, is celebrated in Anglican Churches on the fourth Sunday in Lent.
It is a very old liturgical feast known by several names over the ages: Laetare Sunday to honor the Virgin Mary, Refreshment Sunday, Rose Sunday and Mothering Sunday. It dates back to the custom in England when domestic servants in the grand houses of the landed gentry were permitted to go home to visit their home church and mothers. Often the housekeeper or cook would allow the maids to bake a cake to take home for their mother. Sometimes a gift of eggs or flowers from the garden (or hothouse) was allowed. Or they may have picked a bunch of wildflowers from the wayside, violets especially.
In Canada Mothers' Union branches observe Mothering Sunday by distributing flowers to mothers and serving the traditional simnel cake and/or cookies during the coffee hour. Simnel cake is a light fruit cake made with a layer of marzipan in the middle and if desired a layer on top which is decorated with 11 marzipan balls representing the 12 apostles minus Judas, who betrayed Christ. If 12 balls are used, the 12th one is to represent Jesus.