Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Theme for Lenten Season this year is a continuation of 2016 Advent Season: Prince of Peace: From the Cradle to the Crown and Beyond (Originally, I had noted the theme would cover 'From the Cradle to the Cross', but of course, the Cross was the beginning, not the end & this is reflected in the adjusted theme.) 

I look forward to having you join me on this journey, which begins today with "Shrove Tuesday".) 

In The Salvation Army, this is the season we observe as "Self-Denial". February 28th is Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is always on the day before Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, and it's always 45 days before Easter. 

Where does the word "shrove" come from? It stems from the word "shrive", which means to free or rid oneself from sin. In some countries Shrove Tuesday is known as "Pancake Day", and in the USA it is often referred to as "Mardi Gras," which is French for "Fat Tuesday". Why do we eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday? Historically, the practice of emptying one's home of fattening foods was viewed as a way to remove the temptation to indulge during the self-denial period of the Lenten Season. 

On this day before Lent begins--and the abstinence associated with it--, many folks indulge in fatty foods in anticipation of not eating them again until Easter. The tradition of eating pancakes is believed to stem from the practice of providing families with the means of using up their eggs, butter, milk, and flour in a single dish. 

Do you observe Shrove Tuesday and the Lenten Season? How do you mark Shrove Tuesday? Will you be eating pancakes? Our family will be having our pancake supper tomorrow evening. For those of you observing the Lenten Season, may it be a meaningful time of reflection and spiritual renewal and growth. 

Blessings & Peace 
Elizabeth Hayduk Former Salvation Army Officer/pastor Canada

No comments: