Thanks to Trinity’s Outreach Class, Trinity will offer a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 21, from 5:30 – 7 PM in Trinity Hall. Persons can come and go as their schedule allows. A love offering will be taken to help offset costs, any additional will go towards Lenten Easter Mission Offering. .
Now that we got your attention with pancakes, you may be asking
“What is Shrove Tuesday?”
Shrove Tuesday is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent, a day of celebration as well as penitence. Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter. Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Giving up foods: but not wasting them.
In the old days there were many foods that observant Christians would not eat during Lent: foods such as meat and fish, fats, eggs, and milky foods. So that no food was wasted, families would have a feast on the shriving Tuesday, and eat up all the foods that wouldn’t last the forty days of Lent without going off.
The need to eat up the fats gave rise to the French name Mardi Gras; meaning “Fat Tuesday”. Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.
Now you know!
We hope you will join us on February 21 as we celebrate Shrove Tuesday!!