Shrove Tuesday observed at Preeceville United Church

The Preeceville Trinity United Church celebrated Shrove Tuesday on February 28 with a pancake supper.

The men of the church prepared, cooked and served the pancake supper that featured pancakes, sausages, ham, refreshments and jellied desserts.

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“Pancake day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is the last day before the period which is Lent,” said Miles Russell. “It is traditional on this day to eat pancakes.

“Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. For many it is a time for spiritual reflection on Jesus’ life and his journey to the cross,” he said.

Different churches reflect in different ways. Some individuals reflect by giving of themselves in different ways.

Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which are forbidden during Lent.

Shrove Tuesday is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday and is the final day before the commencement of Lent which is a Christian festival leading up to Easter Sunday and always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday so the date varies from year to year and falls between February 3 and March 9.

The name shrove comes from the old word "shrive" which means to confess, it was said. On Shrove Tuesday, in the Middle Ages, people used to confess their sins so that they were forgiven before the season of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it's the last day before Lent.