A Mother’s Day Message

Today’s Word:

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe me through their message. (John 17:20)

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Today is Mother’s Day – a national day to honor mothers, officially declared a holiday on May 9, 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson.

Mrs. Ann Reeves Jarvis and her daughter, Anna Reeves Jarvis, are recognized as the original founders of Mother’s Day in the United States.

On May 9, 1905, Ann Reeves Jarvis died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Originally a Sunday School teacher from Grafton, West Virginia, she moved to live with her children in Philadelphia after the death of her husband.

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In May 1907, her daughter Anna Reeves Jarvis arranged a gathering in her Philadelphia home to remember and pray for her mother. Anna organized the first “official” Mother’s Day service the following year in Grafton at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church where her mother taught Sunday School.

During the May 10 service, Anna delivered 500 carnations, handing them out to all the children in attendance. Her mother’s favorite flower was carnations, and they have since become the traditional flower of Mother’s Day.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus prays for His apostles and “also for those who will believe in me through their word.” Today, we give thanks to God for our mothers who have helped us to have faith, to hope, and to feel loved.

– Father McLaughlin

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