Mothering Sunday

   A popular name used in England for the Fourth Sunday in Lent. It is supposed to have derived this name from the Epistle for the Day in which occur the words "Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the Mother of us all." This no doubt gave rise to the custom in England of making pilgrimages to the Mother Church of the Diocese, i.e., the Cathedral. This Sunday also became a holiday on which young persons in service were permitted to visit their mothers in their homes.

American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. . 1901.

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  • Mothering Sunday — Mothering .Sunday n [U and C] BrE old fashioned ↑Mother s Day …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • Mothering Sunday —    On Mothering Sunday, or Mid Lent Sunday (fourth Sunday in Lent), children and young people living away from their parents would make a point of going home for the day, taking presents, usually including a cake for their mother, and sharing a… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Mothering Sunday — UK [ˈmʌðərɪŋ ˌsʌndeɪ] / US [ˌmʌðərɪŋ ˈsʌnˌdeɪ] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms Mothering Sunday : singular Mothering Sunday plural Mothering Sundays British old fashioned Mother s Day …   English dictionary

  • Mothering Sunday — N UNCOUNT Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent, when children give cards and presents to their mothers as a sign of their love for them. [BRIT, OLD FASHIONED] Syn: Mother s Day …   English dictionary

  • Mothering Sunday — noun A day in honor of mothers and/or ones mother church, which falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday, especially in the United Kingdom and Ireland; compare a mothering Syn: MidLent Sunday, Mid Lent Sunday,… …   Wiktionary

  • Mothering Sunday — /mʌðərɪŋ ˈsʌndeɪ/ (say mudhuhring sunday) noun (in Britain) the fourth Sunday in Lent, originally a Christian festival, but secularised during the 20th century as a day on which people visit their mother and present them with a gift. See Mother s …   Australian English dictionary

  • Mothering Sunday — Brit. See Laetare Sunday. * * * …   Universalium

  • mothering sunday — n. British Mother s Day which is on the 4th Sunday in Lent …   English contemporary dictionary

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