Around 80 people gathered to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. We fortified ourselves before the Lenten Shriving begins and supported our youth toward their 2018 Mission Trip! Pictures HERE

What is Shrove Tuesday? Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday gets its name from an old ritual called “shriving”, when a person confesses their sins and receives absolution.

The metaphor though, is now mixed as Shrove Tuesday has become more a celebration time before the mood of penitence sets in.  Thus, the day is also called Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, a day of play and the last day of “fat eating” or “gorging” before the fasting     period.  Enter the Pancake –  as a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the 40 days of Lent.  By older custom, the encouragement to fast emphasized eating plainer food and refraining from food that would give pleasure: in many cultures, this means no meat, dairy products, eggs, or sweets.

One final note:  in our tradition, pancakes can symbolize the four pillars of the Christian faith – eggs for creation, flour as the mainstay of the human diet, salt for wholesomeness and milk for purity.