Brought to you by the First United Church Men’s Club.
Admission is $7 a plate. You can pick up tickets at the church office or at the door.
In church tradition, the season of Lent, the 40 days leading to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, was a time of fasting and prayer. Certain rich foods were avoided. So Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent, was a time to use up any oil and yeast that was hanging around the kitchen. Thus the tradition of a pancake supper was born.
Why is it called Shrove Tuesday?
The word shrove is a form of 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 for Christians to be “shriven” before the start of Lent. The related expression to give someone “short shrift” originally meant to provide a brief confession/absolution such as in an emergency.
Elsewhere, the day has also been called “Fat Tuesday” or “Mardi Gras”.