A Tribute to Mothers: Dr. (Sr.) Mudita Sodder RSCJ;

Mothers Day

8 Mothers with Earth and Sindoor Tikka and Souvenir In Silence Mothers giving their blessing Prayer Service for Mothers

Mother’s Day, motherhood, maternal umbilical bonds & the influence & worth of mothers in Society was celebrated on Saturday, 9th May 2015 at St. Xavier’s College and St. Xavier’s College of Management and Technology, Patna.

A special prayer service was held to celebrate this 20th century custom to honour all mothers in general but specifically the eight mothers of the faculty and administrative staff. After a short introduction the mothers received a blessing from Mother Earth in the form of an Earth & sindoor tikka symbolising the ‘divyachakshu’ or the 3rd eye of intuition. This was followed by the lighting of a lamp & the ringing of a Chinese gong followed by silence. Faculty members Dr. Anurag & Prof. Rakesh read special prayers for Mothers. Power-point Presentations entitled “Beautiful Motherhood” & “A Tribute to Mothers” were viewed in silence, followed by prayers read by two mothers – Dr. Marie & Mrs. Rekha the Librarian.

The prayer service concluded with the song, “Mother of Mine” sung by Dr. (Sr.) Mudita Sodder RSCJ. The Principal Dr. (Fr.) T. Nishaant SJ, distributed tailor – made souvenirs with the words “Mother – These Precious Hands” to the mothers; and asked them to bless all present with their right hand outstretched. Mrs. Mariam who works in the college remarked, “I am thrilled. This is the first time in my life that I have been honoured as a Mother”, while Prof. Kalpana Kumari opined, “The role of a mother is probably the most important career a woman can have. I am proud to be a mother of two boys.” Prof. Mala Upadhayay chipped in with the comment, “I was moved to tears, Motherhood requires more knowledge than any other department in human affairs. My child teaches me patience and much more”.

Reported for St. Xavier’s Colleges, Patna

Dr. (Sr.) Mudita Sodder RSCJ

9th May 2015



  1. May 10, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I may be totally wrong and am certainly open to correction — But I had read somewhere that ” MOTHER’s DAY ” was started as a tribute to the affection and guidance of St. ANNE — mother of Our Lady — the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY — CERTAINLY NO tikkas and tilaks in those days ????


    • Silent Voice said,

      May 19, 2015 at 6:45 am

      Via E Mail…….

      Thanks dear Greg.

      Here is my response. Kindly post. Thanks a million.

      Yes when I was young we celebrated Mothers’ Day on 26th July- Feast of St Anne. Now the second Sunday of May is celebrated as Mothers’ Day.

      The tikka of mud and vermillion symbolised Mother Earth and vermillion which every married woman in Bihar has to sport.

      The tailor made souvenirs were handwritten by me and not purchased from a shop.
      Mudita rscj

      18th May 2015


  2. Cedric Vaz said,

    May 17, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Mother’s Day has been “hijacked” by the Greeting cards and the e-Greetings industry ! It’s like the legendary marking of the cross on the crab. Nobody knows which came first – the cross or the crab ?


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