The Mother Church (in "Mothering Sunday")
- On Mothering Sunday, parishioners, instead of attending services in the nearest parish church, were supposed to come to the "Mother Church," i.e. the regional cathedral.
- On Mothering Sunday, parishioners, instead of attending services in the nearest chapel of ease, were supposed to come to the "Mother Church," i.e. the parish church.
However, the first source I cited says:
- "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.
The third source says
- Midlent or Refreshment Sunday, was the day when the Mother, or Cathedral Church of the Diocese, was resorted to by all the neighbourhood in procession.
Dpbsmith 20:24, 12 May 2007 (EDT)
Name of Howe's observance
Although the womenshistory.about.com article calls it "Mother's Day for Peace" throughout, every other source I've seen so far just calls it "Mother's Day." For example:
The First Anniversary of 'Mother's Day'", The New York Times, June 3, 1874, p. 8: "'Mother's Day,' which was inaugurated in this city on the 2nd of June, 1872, by Mrs. Julia Ward Howe, was celebrated last night at Plimpton Hall by a mother's peace meeting..."
So I think the womenshistory.about.com is mistaken, or trying to make a point, and I'm changing the name of Howe's observance to just "Mother's Day." Dpbsmith 20:38, 12 May 2007 (EDT)
I am glad to see that this article refers to Mothering Sunday and says it is the fourth Sunday of Lent. Does anybody think Mothering Sunday is notable enough to merit its own article? Carltonio (talk) 02:54, 1 April 2019 (EDT)