Mothering Sunday

Sunday 11 March 2018

Meet at 4.15pm at St Mary and St John, and walk together to Christ Church Cathedral for Evensong and a pub supper after. 

I rejoiced when they said to me: we will go into the house of the Lord.

Mothering Sunday, sometimes known as Laetare Sunday, is the fourth Sunday in Lent. The traditional introit for the Eucharist on this Sunday is:

“Lætare Jerusalem: et conventum facite omnes qui diligitis eam: gaudete cum lætitia, qui in tristitia fuistis: ut exsultetis, et satiemini ab uberibus consolationis vestræ.

Lætatus sum in his quæ dicta sunt mihi: in domum Domini ibimus.

Lætare Jerusalem…”

“Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you that love her: rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow: that you may exult and be filled from the breasts of your consolation.

I rejoiced when they said to me:

we will go into the house of the Lord.

Rejoice, O Jerusalem…”

after Isaiah 66:10 and Ps 122

This touches on some of the ‘mother’ imagery around Jerusalem, itself an image of the Church. In the Letter to the Galatians St Paul claims, “Jerusalem which is above is free; which is Mother of us all.” (Galatians 4:26).

It has for many centuries been traditional for people to visit their ‘mother church’, their diocesan cathedral, on this day. Following this medieval tradition the Vicar will lead a ‘pilgrimage’ of Cowley St John parishioners, and anyone else who may wish to join, to Christ Church Cathedral from St Mary & St John Church.

from 4.15pm      Gather in St Mary & St John Church

4.30pm                Set off from St Mary & St John Church to: Donnington Bridge, then along the Thames to Folly Bridge, thence to the Cathedral via Tom Gate

6pm                     Choral Evensong (we have reserved seating)

after Evensong  to a local pub for supper and/or drinks

You may wish to join us for Choral Evensong but be unable to walk with us. Please come to the Cathedral by whatever means you find best and join us there.

The Cathedral staff need to know approximate numbers in order to reserve appropriate seating for us. If intending to come to 6pm Choral Evensong (either by walking with the pilgrim group or by arriving there by other means) please sign on the sheet at the welcome desks in St Alban’s or St Mary & St John (or email one of the clergy).