E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The fourth Sunday in Lent. It is called dominica refectionis (refection Sunday), because the first lesson is the banquet given by Joseph to his brethren, and the gospel of the day is the miraculous feeding of the five thousand. In England it used to be called Mothering Sunday, from the custom of visiting the mother or cathedral church on that day to make the Easter offering.