We celebrate Mothering Sunday – a day when we remember our mothers and our church as “mother” church. Mothering Sunday has its roots pre-Reformation connotations of Laetare Sunday, on which the Introit, the first prayer of the Mass, says: “Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you that love her … and be filled from the breasts of your consolation.” A lady called Constance Smith, who was a High Church Anglican, saw a reference to Jerusalem as the mother church in the BCP epistle set for the day. She developed the “mothering theme“ in a booklet called “The Revival of Mothering Sunday” in 1920. In it she suggested reviving the old Laetare tradition of simnel cake and she also collected customs relating to celebrations of motherhood from all over the country. Things snowballed, fuelled by the feelings of so many mothers who had lost their sons in the First World War. By 1938 Mothering Sunday was celebrated in every parish church.
Today we will enjoy a Simnel cake at 8.00am and 10.00am. Thanks to Joan Jay and Caroline Lee for making the cakes. Thanks also to Clare Mort and her team for the bulbs. Don’t worry – the posies will return – we just thought we would be a bit different this year!