Today, Lower School students, Middle School students, and their mothers gathered in Central Moravian Church in celebration of the Mothers’ Lovefeast. Through prayers, readings and short speeches, students and faculty offered words of adoration and gratitude both to and about mothers.
The words of guest speaker Mrs. Amy Bucher, Moravian Academy mother and parent volunteer, were particularly powerful. She shared her personal journey of hardship after losing her three-year-old daughter to childhood cancer in 2008. Underlining the importance of empathy and resilience, she reflected on how being a part of a community of love and understanding helped play a major role in her and her family’s growth and healing. Stated Mrs. Bucher:
“It doesn’t necessarily take a tragedy to bring communities together. We have opportunities throughout the year to get to know each other better. Commitment to our children’s intellectual, physical and emotional growth – mind, body, and spirit — most certainly unites all of the Moms and other loved ones here. How fitting that these gatherings are called Lovefeasts!”
The service also included beautiful music, performed by the 8th Grade Handbell Choir, the Middle School Concert Band, the Middle School Girls’ Choir, and our Third-Grade Chorus. Notably, in the vocal performance of Moments Like These, our very own Moravian Academy mothers, faculty and staff members were featured as guest singers on stage.
…And, of course, no Mothers’ Lovefeast would be complete without the collective partaking of juice and cookies.
(Photo Credit: Amey Owen)
As Lily Eyvazzadeh ’22, one of the student speakers, said today, “there are no words to say thank you for everything a mother does.” However, the following testament shared by Lily during the service sums up just how powerful the connection between a mother and child can be:
“All children can be compared to bowls. We all have cracks in different places and places where there are bulges where we need more attention. Only our mother’s love can fill our bowls and mend our cracks. If other mothers tried, they would fail. Their love would come too short of fill the wrong places. Just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, a mother’s love is in the heart of the receiver.”
Although one celebration to honor all our mothers will never be enough, we are grateful to have had the opportunity to recognize the mother figures in our lives– both here at Moravian Academy and in our wider community–through this special event.
Post Mothers’ Lovefeast Brunch in Benigna Auditorium
(Photo Credit: Bob Zaiser)