David Hodgson writes: Mothering Sunday saw the largest gathering for parish communion since Christmas. For the first time this year the total attendance exceeded 200 people. This might give some credence to the tongue-in-cheek claim of Michael Johnson's fascinating sermon, that Mothering Sunday should be the third most important festival of the Christian year after Christmas and Easter.! His seroius point as I heard it was that since none of us is born without there being a mother to bear us then Mothering Sunday is a time to give thanks for and reflect on the gift of life itself. Posies of daffodils were distributed. People were invited to place posies in the Lady Chapel in memory of mothers who have passed away or are absent.Coming into the chapel on Sunday evening for prayers I was moved suddenly with poignancy to see sitting on the altar four large vases of flowers which had been filled in this way.