Shrove Tuesday: Penitence and Pancakes

Shrove Tuesday Origins:

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, which clearly ignored its own advice in its title, defines Shrove Tuesday as:

The day immediately before Ash Wednesday, so named

from the ‘Shriving’, i.e. confession and absolution of the

faithful on that day.

Nowadays, we generally associate Shrove Tuesday with pancakes.  In fact Pancake day has become one of the shorthands for Shrove Tuesday.  Mardi Gras is another such shorthand.

These traditions go back in time to when  the 40 days of Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday, was a very austere period.  So, on Shrove Tuesday, after the confession and absolution, people would feast and use up any rich foods that they had in their houses.


Shrove Tuesday a St. Philip`s

At St. Philips Norwood, where I recently started as priest, we will be having a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday.  We are sharing this supper with two other parishes located along St. Marys Road.  They are the parishes of St. Mark`s and St. Mary Magdalene.  This is part of an attempt for all three parishes to work together more.  We hope to be able to foster a greater sense of community with gatherings such as the pancake supper.

The supper will run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  It will be held in the lower hall of St. Philip`s.  The menu will include pancakes, sausages, toppings and maybe one or two more things.  Tickets are $6.00 per person and $15.00 per family.  We will be including gluten-free pancakes as part of the supper.

Tickets are available by calling;

St. Philip`s 204-237-3650

St. Mark`s 204-233-6088

St. Mary Magdalene 204-253-0555.

If you don`t have plans for this coming Shrove Tuesday please join us.



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