Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Refeshment Sunday (March 14)

The 4th Sunday in Lent is Refreshment Sunday:
The Fourth Sunday in Lent is sometimes
referred to as Refreshment Sunday. It is
a moment in liturgical time when people are
invited to ease their Lenten discipline for a day
and refresh themselves through feasting and
resting. The day reminds us that we are saved
by grace and not by stringent effort. Carl Jung
once noted that he had to be careful not to
deny himself too much. Refreshment Sunday
supports that observation.

In the days of yore, this same Sunday was
known in England as Mothering Sunday. It was
a day when servants and apprentices were
allowed to take a day off and go home to visit
their mothers. That tradition later became
linked to parochial life as people made pilgrimage
to the church of their youth, their “Mother
Church.” On this day, people gathered at the
church to play games, eat pastries and engage
in various festivities.

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