Shrove Tuesday ~ Pancake Day
What is Shrove Tuesday, you might ask. Well, it is a movable feast determined by when Easter falls each year. The expression Shrove comes from the word to shrive or to confess. Traditionally, many Christians, especially Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Lutherans, and Methodists make a point of self-examination and reflection before Ash Wednesday - which is tomorrow. In some parishes members go to confession with their priest or pastor.
This is in preparation for Lent which begins tomorrow when we examine our lives and consider what wrongs we have done and what we can do to make our lives more pleasing in the sight of God.
On this last day before the penitential season of Lent man indulge in eating a lot of fatty foods because during Lent many people fast for the fourty-days and do not eat rich, fat-filled foods.
So tomorrow we have ashes imposed. And Lent begins.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may do our best to be penitent during the Lenten season.