Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood and maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May.
There are many traditional celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have existed throughout the world over thousands of years. The modern Mother’s Day began in the United States, at the initiative of Ann Reeves Jarvis in 1908 when she held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. St Andrew’s Methodist Church now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Her campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”
In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.
Plan to celebrate the presence of mothers, aunties, grandmothers, godmothers and other mothering women in worship at Grace UMCLA on Sunday, May 12.