Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at Church of the Holy Spirit

Feb 07, 2018
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What is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Fat Tuesday the last day of Mardi Gras? This Christian tradition of using up all the fats in the house by making pancakes the day before Lent begins is named for “shriving” or asking forgiveness of sins. In the Catholic or Orthodox traditions, priests grant absolution, releasing the penitent from guilt.

Over 1,000 years ago a monk wrote, “In the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him.”

Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge.

On Tuesday, Feb. 13 the Church of the Holy Spirit in Tuckerton will have a pancake supper with sausage, fruit salad, beverages and coffee cake. The dinner is held between 5 and 7 p.m. with a donation of $8 for adults and $4 for children younger than 9 years old.

Call the church office at 609-296-9618 to RSVP.

The church will again offer Ashes to Go, curbside, on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 7 and 8 a.m. and  from noon and 1 p.m. Just pull into the circular drive off Main Street and get blessed.

An inside Ash Wednesday church service with communion is 8 a.m. in the downstairs chapel or at noon and 7 p.m. in the upstairs church.  —P.J.

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