Happy Mothering Sunday from the Rector of The Ibru Centre
The Anglican Communion traditionally marks the Mothering Sunday on the 4th Sunday in Lent, though some dioceses in Nigeria had to celebrate theirs the previous Sunday because of a national service today.
Setting aside a day for a special celebration of motherhood and honouring of mothers and mother figures, is one of the noble things that the Anglican Church gave to the world. There are now other secular derivatives or semblances, such as the International Women’s Day by the United Nations (March 8) and the Mother’s Day by the United States (Second Sunday of May). Other churches also celebrate motherhood at different times and occasions. But the mother of all the mothers’ celebrations is the Mothering Sunday, which holds today.
Motherhood is not only about giving birth, but also nurturing and sustaining life. God has naturally endowed women for motherhood, that right from the womb to infancy, to childhood, adolescence and even adulthood, they have greatly been unquantifiable life’s source and support. Without the roles of mothers and wives, many men would have hardly existed, not to talk of surviving or even making it. Women are special creation and gift of God to mankind for human existence and perpetuity.
On this special day of celebration of motherhood, which also happens to be my birthday (when my own mother gave birth to me), I wish all our mothers and wives a Happy Mothering Sunday and urge that we all learn to appreciate our mothers.
The Venerable Dr. Princewill O. Ireoba, The Rector, the Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-otor, Delta State.