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Mother's Day Service
by: Gloria Maris Assembly No. 15, Philippines

Date: 05/08/2011
Author: Gloria Maris No. 15
Source: Gloria Maris Assembly No. 15

The celebration of Mother’s Day was already done in ancient Greece to honor the goddess Rhea who was said to be the mother of the gods.

Throughout the world, many countries celebrate Mother’s Day. However, it is celebrated on different dates. The Philippines and many other countries followed the date celebrated by the United States of America. Pres. Woodrow Wilson made a Presidential Proclamation on May 9, 1914 designating the Second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day.

In the 1600s, in England, they already celebrated Mothering Sunday scheduled on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It was a religious celebration because it honored Mary the mother of Jesus Christ. However, the religious nature of Mother’s day has now shifted from the religious aspect to the secular aspect.

CELEBRATION

When my dad was a young school boy he once told me that he was told to wear carnation flower on his shirt. A red color if your mother is still alive and white color if your mother was already dead. However, the practice of celebrating Mother’s Day is not really a big deal in the Philippines.

FORMAL CEREMONY

In Bohol, Philippines, today, so far as we know only the Gloria Maris Assembly #15 of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls that has scheduled a formal celebration of Mother’s Day. The Rainbow for Girl’s is an international organization for girls ages from 11 to 20 years old. It has a magnificent formal rite in honoring mothers.

The Rainbow girl’s will be joined by the De Molay boys of Dagohoy Chapter No. 84. A De Molay boy will deliver the so called “Flower Talk”, which is a magnificent oration to honor one’s mother.

The ceremony will be held at the Masonic Temple at J.A. Clarin St. at 2:30 o’clock in the afternoon. It is a formal ceremony open to the public.

This is an affair to remember for the girls. They will be able to give honor ad tribute to their Mother’s and Mom Eastern star in the Masonic family.
We hope that this celebration would help us be united as ever. One family in God. A family that recognizes each and every individual’s contribution to the family, community and church.