March 30, 2019 is Laetare Sunday, which is Mothering Sunday here in the UK.
To all the British mums reading this, I wish you a very happy day with family. (Commiserations on the move to British Summer Time.)
Laetare Sunday was the day that Britons and others in Anglophone countries worshipped at their ‘mother’ church. Afterwards, the congregation gathered round the church and held hands to ‘clip’ it, showing their love for and solidarity with it.
Servants were given time to make a Simnel cake ahead of time to give to their mothers that day. Nowadays, Simnel cake is more often served at Easter. Its 12 marzipan balls symbolise Christ and his faithful 11 Apostles.
Celebrants in the Catholic and Anglican traditions often wore a pink vestment on Laetare Sunday, as it is the one joyful day of worship during Lent.
It is so called for the ancient Introit, which…
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