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 (email@example.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