Daffodils for Lent

The Fourth Sunday in Lent (which fell this year on 6 March) is often called Mothering Sunday in the Anglican Church.

There are a couple of reasons for this: One of the old propers makes reference to “Jerusalem, mother of us all”, and it was traditionally the time when people who had left their homes to work elsewhere would return to their mother churches.

This Sunday in Lent is also notable for the for the fact that the liturgical colour of the day (which determines which vestments the priest wears, and what colour the altar hangings are) is pink or rose rather than Lenten purple, which is the usual colour of penitence. It is often called “Laetare Sunday”, too, from the first word of the Latin introit of the day, which means “Rejoice”. Basically, it’s a happy day in the middle of a penitential season.

One of the traditions associated with Mothering Sunday at my church is the distribution of flowers to the congregation at the end of the service. An enormous tray of Daffodils is blessed, and then the blossoms are handed out to each person. Often, people don’t feel like taking the flowers home – it’s a little awkward if you’re taking public transit, or going out to lunch – so they’ll put them in a vase somewhere in the church. We don’t usually have flowers in the church for Lent, but that rule tends to get disregarded around Mothering Sunday. People just want flowers in Spring!

(Note: I took this photo with a very old vintage lens attached to my camera. Old lenses often have what is referred to as “character”, which is usually a euphemism for “flaws that will drive you nuts”, but when you get a shot just right the effect can be magical. This particular lens is the Meyer-Gorlitz Trioplan 50mm f/2.9, an East German lens from the fifties and sixties. They’re difficult to date reliably, because records of manufacture are hard to find, but I’m fairly sure my copy dates from the late fifties.)

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