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Call her blessed

The origins of celebrating mothers can be traced to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as ‘Mothering Sunday’.

This celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “Mother Church”.— www.history.com

In the United States, the modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother. The commercialisation of our holidays makes good business sense, but the true purpose of honouring those we call mothers cannot be denied. “Her children rise up and call her blessed.”—Proverbs 31:28.

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