Happy Mother’s Day!
In honor of the Virgin Mary, early Christians celebrated the festival on the fourth Sunday in Lent. In England, an ecclesiastical order decreed the dedication as Mothering Sunday. The event was not celebrated nationally in the United States until Julia Ward Howe suggested Mother’s Day in 1872. In 1877, on the second Sunday of May, Juliet Calhoun Blakeley stepped in for the Reverend Myron Daugherty when the reverend became distraught, apparently because an anti-temperance group had forced his son to spend the night in a saloon. Proud of their mother’s achievement, Charles and Moses Blakeley encouraged others to honor a Mother’s Day. In the 1880?s the Methodist church began celebrating Mother’s Day in Blakeley’s honor. Various efforts were made to honor Mother’s Day nationally in the US but it received official recognition only after Anna Jarvis organized a series of Mother’s Day Work Clubs. The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in Grafton, West Virginia, on May 10, 1908, in the church where Jarvis’s mother had taught Sunday School. The Mother’s Day International Association was founded on 12 December 1912, and President Woodrow Wilson designated the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day in the US, in 1914.