Our exile has also been one from our church at this time. Mothering Sunday is popularly known as “Mother’s Day”, but it was traditionally the time when people would visit their mother church. The COVID situation has prevented that from happening for the second year running. We look forward to being in church once again, God willing, from Palm Sunday onwards.
In liturgical terms, Laetare Sunday can be marked by rose-coloured altar frontals and vestments, which again symbolise Lenten joy. It is also customary to relax the Lenten rule around this time – maybe having a nice slice of cake or a G & T - reminding ourselves that Lent is not supposed to be a season of gloom but of spiritual growth. I pray you may find your spirits lifted on this Mothering Sunday as we give thanks to God and look to the future in joyful hope.