The Anglican church, together with the Roman Catholic Church and others, use a calendar which divides the year into different seasons, it even starts at a different time to the usual year. The seasons are:
What we celebrate: Jesus will come again!
This starts about the beginning of December. It is a time to look forward to the time when Jesus will come back to earth again. We prepare to meet Jesus by looking at our lives to see what is wrong and needs changing. We also remember when Jesus came for the first time.
Ordinary Time - The Sundays after Epiphany
When is Mothering Sunday?
Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent.
Why is it called Mothering Sunday?
Mothering Sunday is a traditional celebration not a religious one. It goes back to the time when many young people had to leave home to get a job as a servant or maid in large houses. Mothering Sunday was a holiday for these youngsters and they were allowed to go home to visit their families. They would usually take a gift of flowers or a cake to give to their mothers. They would often go to church as a family and the girls would make a special meal.
Children often give their mothers a gift and a card on Mothering Sunday. Churches will often celebrate the day by giving flowers to mothers in the congregation and praying for mothers and families. Some have special family services that are suitable for the whole family to take part in.
What we celebrate: Jesus rose from the dead!
This starts with Easter day itself when we remember Jesus rising from the dead. It is a time to rejoice and is often celebrated with eggs, a symbol of life from something which seems to be dead. There are two important days in Easter, Ascension Day to remember Jesus going back to heaven to be with His Father, and Pentecost, to remember when the Apostles received the Holy Spirit.
What we celebrate:-
The day that the church was born. Christ was crucified, rose again, spent forty days with his disciples, then ascended to heaven. Pentecost immediately followed. For two millennia, Christians have been celebrating the church's birthday with joy and exuberance. Pentecost takes place 50 days after Easter Sunday.
Ordinary Time - Trinity Sunday and the Sundays after
On Trinity Sunday we are reminded that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
There is no special theme for the other Sundays.