Tuesday, February 16, 2010

shrove tuesday

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday.
"Shrove" comes from "shriving" - to confess or repent and seek absolution.
This was once a common practice on this day.

Making pancakes was a good way to use up all the fat, cream and eggs in the house before Lent fasting began. This old tradition inspired the term Fat Tuesday (or "Mardi Gras" in French). It also inspired the pancake dinners that many congregations hold today.

We enjoyed our pancakes for dinner.
Along with scrambled eggs and bacon.
Tomorrow we will begin our Lenten journey.
We'll follow Christ to the cross.
Where He died to take away our sins.
We cling to the cross.
And look forward in anticipation to Easter Sunday.

"Return to me all your heart, with fasting...and with mourning...Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing...Blow the trumpet... sanctify a fast... gather the people." - Joel 2:12-16

Portions taken from "Observing Lent at Home: An activity book for families"

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