Shrove Tuesday to offer fun, pancakes

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By Special to the Monitor

The annual Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church Shrove Tuesday pancake supper will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday in the old parish hall downstairs as the kitchen in the new parish hall is not yet completed.

The House of Hope Women will again provide a full pancake supper, with butter and a choice of several homemade syrups to sweeten the cakes, as well as ham, fruit salad, orange juice, coffee and tea for a donation of $4 for children (10 and younger), $7 per adult, and $18 per family.

The décor for the evening will feature a New Orleans-type atmosphere with brightly colored beads, masks and live music with a carnival flavour for a festive atmosphere during the meal.

Proceeds from this supper will fund the House of Hope Women’s 2009 construction projects such as building walls this summer for the new home of Shop on the Corner.  

Tickets may be purchased at the church after each Sunday service, in the church office, or at the door the night of the dinner.  

Shrove Tuesday was traditionally celebrated on the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the 40 days of Lent.

 On this day in the Middle Ages the faithful were expected to attend confession with a priest for the purpose of being absolved or shriven in order to begin Lent in the right spiritual state.

The Lenten Fast and Abstinence rules were quite strict and banned not only the consumption of meat, but of butter, cream and eggs. So Shrove Tuesday, an old English custom, was the last chance to indulge and finish off all the fat, butter and eggs that were forbidden during Lent.

In France, Shrove Tuesday is known as “Mardi Gras;” meaning “Fat Tuesday.” In Italy, Spain and Portugal the day became known as Carnival, which is Latin, for "farewell to meat" and it is a time of joyful feasting and fun.