What is the Date and Meaning of Mother's Day
As well as poetry, quotations, readings and thoughts for the day
Different countries celebrate Mother's Day on different dates because the day has a number of different origins. One school of thought claims this day emerged from a custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship was held on or near the Vernal Equinox in Asia Minor and eventually in Rome from the Ides of March (March 15) to March 18. The Romans also had another holiday, Matronalia, that was dedicated to Juno; mothers were often given gifts on this day.
In the United States, Mother's Day was introcuced by social activist Julia Ward Howe after the American Civil War with a call to unite women against war. Given these origins, one might well ask whether it is appropriate to celebrate Mother's Day in church. Or, putting it another way, "Is Mother's Day a Christian holiday?" Here is a strong case for it's inclusion in any Christian's calendar: Mother's Day as a Christian Holiday.
The second Sunday of May will fall on the following dates in the next few years:
2012 - May 13
2013 - May 12
2014 - May 11
2015 - May 10
Mother's Day Prayer, poetry, thoughts and quotations:
God our Creator, we pray:
for new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility
for expectant mothers, wondering and waiting;
for those who are tired, stressed or depressed;
for those who struggle to balance the tasks of work and family;
for those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;
for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
for those who have children they do not want;
for those who raise children on their own;
for those who have lost a child;
for those who care for the children of others;
for those whose children have left home;
and for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled.
Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender,
and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good,
living not for themselves alone, but for God and for others.
we thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us,
whose love is so precious that it can never be measured,
whose patience seems to have no end.
May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them.
We pray for those mothers who fear they will run out of love
or time, or patience.
We ask you to bless them with your own special love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, our brother.
We thank you for adopting us into your family through the miracle of
your grace, and for calling us to be brothers and sisters to each other.
Today, loving God, we pray for our mothers:
who cared for us when we were helpless
who comforted us when we were hurt
whose love and care we often took for granted.
Today we pray for:
those who are grieving the loss of their mother,
those who never knew their biological mother, and now yearn for her
those who have experienced the wonder of an adopted mother's love
the families separated by war or conflict.
Lord, give them special blessings.
Keep us united with you and with each other, so that we can be and become all that we are meant to be. Amen.
Thank You For Being My Friend
Thank you for believing in me
when I found it difficult
to believe in myself...
for saying what I've needed to hear sometimes,
instead of what I've wanted to hear...
for siding with me...
and for giving me another side to consider.
Thank you for opening yourself up to me...
for trusting me with your thoughts
and disappointments and dreams...
for knowing you can depend on me
and for asking my help when you've needed it.
Thank you for putting so much
thought and care and imagination
into our friendship...
for sharing so many nice times
and making so many special memories with me.
Thank you for always being honest with me
being kind to me...being there for me.
Thank you for being
a friend to me
in so many meaningful ways. --Larry S. Chengges
Will the real Mother's Day Please Stand Up? Many people see Mother's Day as a secular holiday, designed by the greeting card industry, promoted by restaurants, beloved by florists. Some clergy agree, objecting to the commercialism of the holiday. Does Mother's Day have religious meaning? If so what is it? Just consider the witness of its founder, Anna Jarvis.
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss
at the bottom of which you will always
find forgiveness. --Honore' de Balzac
The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom. --Henry Ward Beecher
Youth fades; love droops,
the leaves of friendship fall;
A mother's secret hope outlives them all. --Oliver Wendell Holmes
The joys of motherhood
are never fully experienced
until the children are in bed. --Author Unknown.
Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate.
A mother's yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man.
Women know the way to rear up children (to be just). They know a simple, merry, tender knack of tying sashes, fitting baby-shoes, and stringing pretty words that make no sense. And kissing full sense into empty words. --Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. --Elizabeth Stone
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 troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. --Washington Irving
All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother. --Abraham Lincoln
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. --George Washington
A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary. --Dorothy Canfield Fisher
At work, you think of the children you have left at home. At home, you think of the work you've left unfinished. Such a struggle is unleashed within yourself. Your heart is rent. --Golda Meir
Few misfortunes can befall a boy which brings worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother. --W. Somerset Maugham
Biological possibility and desire are not the same as biological need. Women have childbearing equipment. For them to choose not to use the equipment is no more blocking what is instinctive than it is for a man who, muscles or no, chooses not to be a weightlifter. --Betty Rollin
Women do not have to sacrifice personhood if they are mothers. They do not have to sacrifice motherhood in order to be persons. Liberation was meant to expand women's opportunities, not to limit them. The self-esteem that has been found in new pursuits can also be found in mothering. --Elaine Heffner
Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not.
All that remains to the mother in modern consumer society is the role of scapegoat; psychoanalysis uses huge amounts of money and time to persuade analysis and to foist their problems on to the absent mother, who has no opportunity to utter a word in her own defense. Hostility to the mother in our societies is an index of mental health.
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his. --Oscar Wilde
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. --Rajneesh
A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after. --Peter De Vries
It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't.
God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. --Abraham Lincoln
If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam. --Henry Bickersteth
There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. --Chinese Proverb
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. --Honore' de Balzac
Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at de sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground. --Zora Neale Hurston
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. --Tenneva Jordan
A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. --Irish Proverb
Maternity is on the face of it an unsociable experience. The selfishness that a woman has learned to stifle or to dissemble where she alone is concerned, blooms freely and unashamed on behalf of her offspring.
--Emily James Putnam
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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and author of Faith, Science and the Future, published in 1994 by CrossCurrents Press. He is also the author of God and Science (John Knox / Westminster, 1986) which he is now rewriting to incorporate more recent developments in the conversation taking place between scientists and theologians. He has also written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, Commonweal, The Christian Century and others.