Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper & Service
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About The Event
What will we celebrate at St. James Pancake Supper this Tuesday, March 5th? Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6th. Pancakes are associated with the day before Lent because they use up eggs, milk, and sugar before the fasting season begins. Hence, the day is also known as Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French). Shriving (hearing the confession) of sins was customary on this day, hence the name Shrove Tuesday. Carnival is a farewell (vale) to meat (carne) before Lenten abstinence … more symbolic now.
Come celebrate the holiday with your parish family Tuesday, March 5th at 5:30 p.m. The meal will be cooked by our own St. Andrew’s Guild, so you know it will be wonderful. The parish hall will be decorated to make this event a festive Mardi Gras pancake supper. Come get a mask and wear some beads, enjoy a pancake feast with amazing toppings – and experience a sharp contrast with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday.
Then around 6:30 p.m. or so, after folks have eaten pancakes and celebrated, we will burn our palm fronds from last Palm Sunday, creating ashes. Bring your palms in, too, if you would like to add them to the fire. Then we will all go up to the church and have a brief child and adult friendly service, saying farewell to the singing and saying of Alleluias for the season of Lent. The brief liturgy will give the children a chance to play simple musical instruments, make some noise in church (imagine that!) and to sing alleluias for a final time until Easter. Please join us with your family, significant other, or on your own for a time together of brief worship which will help our children, and us, begin to understand why we do things the way we do during the Lenten season.