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Mothering Sunday

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Mothering Sunday is a day honouring mother churches, the church where one is baptised and becomes "a child of the church", celebrated since the Middle Ages in the United Kingdom, Ireland and some Commonwealth countries on the fourth Sunday in Lent. On Mothering Sunday, Christians have historically visited their mother church—the church in which they received the sacrament of baptism. Alternative explanation: the notion that the origin of Mothering Sunday was as a day honouring the mother church is simply incorrect. For centuries 25th March has been kept by the Catholic Church as a celebration of the Annunciation to Mary by the Archangel Gabriel that she was to become the mother of Jesus. Appropriately, this date was chosen because it is nine months before 25th December, traditionally celebrated as the date of the birth of Jesus - nine months being the length of time between conception and birth. The Feast of the Annunciation was celebrated as far back as the 4
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