The Shrove Tuesday pancake supper will be held on March 5th from 5 to 7 pm in Houg Hall.  Tickets are only $8 and may be purchased from any member of the Men’s Fellowship, or at the door.

The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the English word shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of Confession and doing penance. Thus Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the custom of being “shriven” before the start of Lent, by Christians who “make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with.”

Being the last day before Ash Wednesday and the penitential season of Lent, indulging in food that one sacrifices for the upcoming forty days are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations, before commencing the fasting and religious obligations associated with Lent.

Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar. The liturgical fasting emphasized eating plainer food and refraining from food that would give pleasure: in many cultures, this means no meat, dairy products, or eggs.

[Photo by Kate Andrews.]