Shrove Tuesday

Lent is almost here…and that means it’s time to eat PANCAKES!!

       When: Tuesday, February 17  6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
       Where: CKAC Fellowship Hall
       What to bring: Food to share and any games you might want to play (board games, card games, etc). Traditional Shrove
       Tuesday foods include Pancakes & Syrup, Eggs, Breakfast Meats

       Please contact Kristy Roberts with questions (kristylroberts@gmail.com  or 937.901.8165).

       Just for fun, here’s some history on Shrove Tuesday:

       Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras or fetter Dienstag) is
       the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Since
       Lent is a time of abstinence, traditionally of meat, fat, eggs
       and dairy products (one wonders what was left) Shrove
       Tuesday’s menu is designed to use up all the fat, eggs and
       dairy products left in the kitchen and storeroom. It is also a
       ‘feast’ to prepare for the time of ‘famine’ in the desert. In
       some cultures, it is traditional to eat as much as possible on
       Shrove Tuesday, sometimes up to 12 times a day.

       The English term “shrovetide” (from “to shrive”, or hear
       confessions) is explained by a sentence in the Anglo-Saxon
       “Ecclesiastical Institutes” translated from Theodulphus by
       Abbot Aelfric (q.v.) about A.D. 1000: “In the week immediately
       before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his
       deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him as he then my hear
       by his deeds what he is to do [in the way of penance]”.

       In many traditions, Lent is a time for cleaning, in
       preparation for Easter and spring. First your soul, then your
       kitchen, then the rest of the house was cleansed and purified
       of the past year’s accumulations. Old clothes are mended, and
       new clothes purchased at this time of year. In the Ukraine,
       houses were whitewashed inside and out during Lent. In this
       way, everything was made ready to face the season of Salvation
       and Rebirth. Traditions of ‘spring cleaning’ stem from this
       religious observance.

       Source:
       http://www.domestic-church.com/CONTENT.DCC/19980101/ARTICLES/SHROVE.HTM

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