101st anniversary of the 1st apparition of Our Lady of Fatima – Sunday, May 13, 2018

1st apparition of Our Lady – Sunday, May 13, 1917: Mother’s Day

‘Pray the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.’

101st anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady – Sunday, May 13, 2018: Mother’s Day

The history of Mother’s day in USA: The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. St Andrew’s Methodist Church now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Her campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”.

In 1908, the U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, joking that they would also have to proclaim a “Mother-in-law’s Day”. However, owing to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, by 1911 all U.S. states observed the holiday, with some of them officially recognizing Mother’s Day as a local holiday (the first being West Virginia, Jarvis’ home state, in 1910). In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

Coincidentally the 1st apparition happened on the Sunday, May 13, 1917 which was also a Mother’s day. And 101 years after again it’s a second Sunday of May and the date is May 13, 2018. Only 16 times the 13th May was on Sunday From 1917 to 2018. 

Day Day Month Year Holiday Anniversary of 1st Apparition
Sunday 13 May 1917 Mother’s Day 1st apparition of Our Lady
Sunday 13 May 1923 Mother’s Day 6th Anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady
Sunday 13 May 1928 Mother’s Day 11th Anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady
Sunday 13 May 1934 Mother’s Day 17th Anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady
Sunday 13 May 1945 Mother’s Day 28th Anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady
Sunday 13 May 1951 Mother’s Day 34th Anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady
Sunday 13 May 1956 Mother’s Day 39th Anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady
Sunday 13 May 1962 Mother’s Day 45th Anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady
Sunday 13 May 1973 Mother’s Day 56th Anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady
Sunday 13 May 1979 Mother’s Day 62nd Anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady
Sunday 13 May 1984 Mother’s Day 67th Anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady
Sunday 13 May 1990 Mother’s Day 73rd Anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady
Sunday 13 May 2001 Mother’s Day 84th Anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady
Sunday 13 May 2007 Mother’s Day 90th Anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady
Sunday 13 May 2012 Mother’s Day 95th Anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady
Sunday 13 May 2018 Mother’s Day 101st Anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady

So celebrate this day in a special a way to honor The Mother of God, your Mother, your spouse’s Mother, your children’s Mother and all Mothers of the world. And remember and follow what Our Lady of Fatima told the children on May 13, 1917 –  ‘Pray the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.’

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