Mothering Sunday March 30th 2014


Mothers Day

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavour by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. Washington Irving.


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Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent March 30th 2014. Although it’s often called Mothers’ Day it has no connection with the American festival of that name.

Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.

Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and home-made cards to their mothers.

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Quote from the book “Little Women” by Louisa M Alcott.

They always looked before turning the corner, for their mother was always at the window, to nod and smile, and wave her hand to them. Somehow it seemed as if they couldn’t have got through the day without that; for whatever their mood might be, the last glimpse of that motherly face was sure to affect them like sunshine.

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History of Mothering Sunday

Most Sundays in the year churchgoers in England worship at their nearest parish or ‘daughter church’.

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 their ‘mother’ church – the main church or cathedral of the area.

Inevitably the return to the ‘mother’ church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away returned home. (It was quite common in those days for children to leave home for work once they were ten years old.)

And most historians think that it was the return to the ‘Mother’ church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.

As they walked along the country lanes, children would pick wild flowers or violets to take to church or give to their mother as a small gift.



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I see you, darling, all the time,

I know everything you do,

Would you believe, my dearest child

I’m even closer now to you.

For I can see inside your mind,

Indeed, inside your heart,

I even know you better now,

Than I did before, sweetheart.

I’ve always loved you – you know that,

But maybe now I love you more,

I love the adult that you’ve become,

Just as I loved the child before.

I know how much you miss me, honey,

Well, I miss you, too,

I miss our talking and our laughing,

And all we used to do.

Whether you are six or sixty,

You’ll always be my precious child,

You’re the baby that I carried,

And the adult that’s helped me smile.

What you need to understand,

Though death has taken me away,

Is that I’ve not left you, darling,

I am still with you today.

Honey, I could never leave you,

God, of course, would not want that,

Physically, we are apart,

But our hearts are still attached.

I love you all the time,

You cannot get away from me,

That’s the way a Mother is,

Right into eternity.

Every day I’m with you

I see you from above,

And I want for you to know

How very much you’re loved.

Virginia (Ginny) Ellis Copyright May 2003


The words of this poem are so comforting. They are so true.

A mother never stops loving any of her children or grandchildren in life or in death.

This poem comforts mothers who are suffering from “empty nest” syndrome too!

Margaret Mainwaring.

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Some amusing quotes about Mothers.

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Brilliant answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions!!

Why did God make mothers?

  1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.

  2. Mostly to clean the house.

  3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?

  1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.

  2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.

  3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?

  1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.

  2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other Mom?

  1. We’re related.

  2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s Moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your Mom?

  1. My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.

  2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.

  3. They say she used to be nice.

What did Mom need to know about Dad before she married him?

  1. His last name.

  2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?

  3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your Mom marry your Dad?

  1. My Dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.

  2. She got too old to do anything else with him.

  3. My grandma says that Mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.

Who’s the boss at your house?

  1. Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because Dad’s such a goof ball.

  2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.

  3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than Dad.

What’s the difference between Moms and Dads?

  1. Moms work at work and work at home, and Dads just go to work at work.

  2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.

  3. Dads are taller and stronger, but Moms have all the real power ’cause that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend’s.

  4. Moms have magic; they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your Mom do in her spare time?

  1. Mothers don’t do spare time.

  2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your Mom perfect?

  1. On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.

  2. Diet. You know her hair. I’d diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your Mom, what would it be?

  1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.

  2. I’d make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.

  3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.



Simnel Cake

Simnel cake made with fuit and spices is often eaten on Mothering Sunday. Taditionally it was made by children and given to their Mothers on Mothering Sunday. Simnel cakes are eaten at Easter too. The cake sometimes comes decorated with 11 marzipan balls, one for each of the disciples. The 12th, Judas, who betrayed Jesus, is not included.


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“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” W.R. Wallace

“God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.” Jewish Prover. (Poetic Licence here. God is actually everywhere!)

“No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love.” Edwin Chapin

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity,it dares all things and

crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. Agatha Christie

“When I pick up one of my children and cuddle them, all the strain and stress of life temporarily disappears. There is nothing more wonderful than motherhood and no one will ever love you as much as a small child.” Nicola Horlick

“A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, and it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking.” Helen Steiner Rice

“The strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” Barbara Kingsolver

“A mother holds her children’s hands for a while…their hearts forever.” Unknown

“As a parent you try to maintain a certain amount of control and so you have this tug-of-war … You have to learn when to let go. And that’s not easy.” Aretha Franklin

“Mothers are instinctive philosophers.” Harriet Beecher Stowe

“The biggest lesson we have to give our children is truth.” Goldie Hawn

“Before becoming a mother I had a hundred theories on how to bring up children. Now I have seven children and only one theory: Love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved.” Kate Samperi

“Mother is the one we count on for the things that matter most of all.” Katherine Butler Hathaway

A mother understands what a child does not say. Jewish proverb

“Adorable children are considered to be the general property of the human race. Rude children belong to their mothers.” Judith Martin

“Children seldom misquote you. They more often repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.” Mae Maloo

Motherhood is the most important of all the professions — requiring more knowledge than any other department in human affairs.

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavour by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. Washington Irving

“It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” Ann Landers

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots. The other is wings.” Hodding Carter, Jr.

“Love your children with all your hearts, love them enough to discipline them before it is too late…Praise them for important things, even if you have to stretch them a bit. Praise them a lot. They live on it like bread and butter and they need it more than bread and butter.” Lavina Christensen Fuga

“No influence is so powerful as that of the mother.” Sarah Josepha Hale

“Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.” Sophocles

“All the earth, though it were full of kind hearts, is but a desolation and a desert place to a mother when her only child is absent.” Elizabeth Gaskell

A mother’s love liberates. Maya Angelou

“If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent.” Bette Davis

“A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” Irish Proverb

“Our children are not going to be just “our children” – they are going to be other people’s husbands and wives and the parents of our grandchildren.” Mary S Calderone

Possibly Controversial Quotes About Mothers!

“All mothers are working mothers.” Author Unknown

“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.” Lisa Alther

“If at first you don’t succeed, do it the way your mother told you to.” Unknown

“Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother.” Beverly Jones

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” Author Unknown

“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.” Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

“The outside world doesn’t have a lot to offer. You have to make your own heaven in your own home.” Bette Midler

“Motherhood cannot finally be delegated. Breast-feeding may succumb to the bottle; cuddling, fondling, and paediatric visits may also be done by fathers…but when a child needs a mother to talk to, nobody else but a mother will do.” Erica Jong

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I recommend that you watch The Revelation TV Channel on Sky channel number 581 or Freesat channel 692 and The Roku box in The UK and The United States. You can also watch programmes on their website They are a Christian channel. They have live, interactive programmes, which are wonderful for people who are lonely, and many programmes that help people learn about the love of God and how to live the Christian life. The presenters and guests make you feel that you are part of the Church family. They have really helpful programmes to help people grow in their Christian life. Their programmes also help you if you are not sure about your faith and want to understand more. They have live interactive programmes too. These are really good if you are lonely, afraid or worried. We all go through times when we need spiritual help. They also have programmes where you can send your prayer requests.

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If you feel you need God in your life and you don’t know how to find Him and you feel alone, lost, guilty and frightened, I recommend the website from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association



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