Today is Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday which is the start of Lent. Why shrove? Well, it comes from the word ‘shrive’ which means listening to someone’s confession about what they have done wrong. The priest who listensthen offers forgiveness to the person.
So, where do the pancakes come in? The shops are full of pancake mix and sickly syrups and chocolates – what’s all that about?
Well, Shrove Tuesday got its name from the Christians who were getting ready for Lent. Lent is about repentance, prayer and denial, so before it started Christians would go to their larders and empty them of all the fatty and rich foods and have a big feast so that when Lent started there were no foods to tempt them. You can’t eat what’s not there!
Later on today at The Avenue, there will be a feast on all things nice (if you’re of a certain age range!), so pop in and enjoy for tomorrow you fast.
Spirit of God,
come as the wind to move us forward;
come as the dove to launch us heavenward;
come as the fire to purge our dross.
Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
Acts 14: 19-25
Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. After going through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia, and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.