The Story of Mother's Day

The earliest Mother's Day celebrations can be traced back to
the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea,
the Mother of the Gods. During the 1600's, England celebrated
a day called "Mothering Sunday". Celebrated on the 4th Sunday
of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter*), "Mothering
Sunday" honored the mothers of England.

During this time many of the England's poor worked as servants
for the wealthy. As most jobs were located far from their homes,
the servants would live at the houses of their employers. On
Mothering Sunday the servants would have the day off and were
encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers.
A special cake, called the mothering cake, was often brought
along to provide a festive touch.

As Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration changed
to honor the "Mother Church" - the spiritual power that gave them
life and protected them from harm. Over time the church festival
blended with the Mothering Sunday celebration . People began
honoring their mothers as well as the church.

In the United States Mother's Day was first suggested in 1872 by
Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the Battle hymn of the Republic)
as a day dedicated to peace. Ms. Howe would hold organized Mother's
Day meetings in Boston, Mass ever year.

In 1907 Ana Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish
a national Mother's Day. Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother's church in
Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the second
anniversary of her mother's death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next
year Mother's Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia.

Ms. Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers, businessman,
and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother's Day. It
was successful as by 1911 Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every
state. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement
proclaiming Mother's Day as a national holiday that was to be held each
year on the 2nd Sunday of May.

While many countries of the world celebrate their own Mother's Day at
different times throughout the year, there are some countries such as
Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium which also
celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May.



What the Bible says about Mothers...

Gen 3:20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother
                 of all the living.
Exo 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
Lev 19:3 "'Each of you must respect his mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God.
Deu 5:16 "Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
2 Ki 4:30 But the child's mother said, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So he got up and followed her.
Prov 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.
Isa 66:13 As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem."
Ezek 16:44 "'Everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb about you: "Like mother, like daughter."
Luke 1:43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
Luke 2:51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
John 19:26-27 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman,here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.