THE PAGAN ORIGINS OF MOTHER’S DAY
Compiled by Michael Jeshurun
The Pagans called her by many names. She was known as Aphrodite, Cybele, or Sybyl, Diana, Electra, Europa, Isis, Venus, Semiramis, Ashtoreth and Astarte, — Ishtar Feast days honoring the mother goddesses were known from antiquity. The fact that Americans only began doing so for a little over 100 years facilitates the cognitive divorce between the hoary practice of the ancients and contemporary Americans, many of whom claim to practice the Christian faith.
600 years before Christ, the ancient Greek Pagans honored Rhea, wife of Cronus (or Saturn-Satan if you prefer) who was worshipped as the mother of the gods and goddesses. Likewise, in Pagan Rome, there was a similar festival dedicated to the worship of Juno, called “Matronalia.”
In England, “Mothering Sunday” began to be observed in the 13th century, honoring their mothers with Simnel cakes or “Mothering Day” cakes. This practice is tied to the heathen practice of women baking cakes to the “Queen of Heaven.”
This celebration was adopted by the Roman Catholic “Mother” Church. This is the same Roman church which absorbed the Pagan practices dedicated to celebrating goddess worship (Easter) and the heathen celebration of Saturnalia, renamed Christmas.
There is little doubt in this authors mind that most professing Christians will say that Mother’s Day has nothing to do with the Pagan practices of the ancient world. Despite the fact that the origins of this holiday are well known, most Christians simply cover their ears and refuse to acknowledge the truth.
After all, the American observance of Mother’s Day first began in 1907 and was made a national celebration by Woodrow Wilson in 1914. What’s wrong with paying tribute our (their) mothers? The Bible says “honor thy father and thy mother” doesn’t it? Such legalistic sophistry ignores that fact that no such day of honor was recognized by early Christians nor even mentioned in the Bible. Be it Christmas, Easter or Mother’s Day, you CANNOT take something that was started and observed by the Pagans and ‘Christianize’ it!
To take that which is an outright and obvious abomination to God (and ALL Pagan festivals, celebrations and observances ARE an abomination to Him) and use it in His service is presumptuous, a species of self-will, laying us open to the charge of “WHO hath required this at your hand?” [Isaiah 1:12]; and for us to ask God’s blessing upon the same is only seeking to make Him of OUR MIND. Let us not forget the solemn warning pointed by the death of Uzzah, when the Lord God made a breach in Israel because they “sought Him not after the DUE ORDER” [1Chronicles 15:13). We must keep closely to God’s “DUE ORDER” if we are to have His approbation in anything we use to glorify Him!
He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me! [Matthew 10:37]
It is no coincidence that the annual Rites of Spring Pagan Celebration in New England, began during Mother’s Day weekend in May of 1979, near Boston where Julia Ward Howe, held the first organized Mother’s Day meetings of America. A similar event was held last year, Mothers Day weekend in Berkeley, California. In Brighton – United Kingdom, and elsewhere, there were comparable celebrations dedicated to the Mother goddess.
Think about it, as other holidays having roots in Pagan sun worship, Mothers Day is always held on the day named in honor of the Sun.
“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil!” [Exodus 23:2] WHO is it that celebrates “Mother’s Day”? Why the whole heathen world who know not Christ! If you’re a Christian you need to know that these ‘customs of the people are vain’ [Jer 10:3] Dare to differ! You want to be nice to your mother and make her feel special . . . then do it many times during the year and not just on ONE PARTICULAR DAY . . . especially a day that has pagan implications and is observed and commemorated by the ungodly!
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God!” [James 4:4]