FEBRUARY and MARCH GREETINGS
IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
SHROVE TUESDAY AND ASH WEDNESDAY
Shrove Tuesday is observed each year on the Tuesday immediately before Ash Wednesday. It officially ends the season of Epiphany and is the vigil for the starting of Lent. This year, Shrove Tuesday falls on the Tuesday February 28, 2017.
Shrove Tuesday originated during the Middle Ages. The word “shrove” is derived from the word Middle English word, "shrive", which means to confess and receive absolution. During the season of Lent, food items such as meats, fats, eggs, milk, and fish were restricted. In the Middle Ages (since refrigerators and freezers had not yet been invented), to keep such food from being wasted, many families would have big feasts on Shrove Tuesday in order to consume those items that would inevitably become spoiled during the forty days of Lent. The English tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday came about as a way to use as much milk, fats, and eggs as possible before Ash Wednesday began. In France, the consumption of all fats and fatty foods on this day coined the name "Fat Tuesday" or Mardi Gras.
In the Episcopal Church today, Shrove Tuesday is often observed with a pancake supper and fellowship. The pancake supper this year at St. Luke's will be from 5-7 pm in the church fellowship hall.
Ash Wednesday which falls this year on March 1, 2017, marks the start of the 40 day period known in the Church as Lent. Ash Wednesday is observed as a day of confession, repentance and contrition, with a solemn church service. Following a liturgy of Bible readings reminding us of our own mortality and urging self examination, repentance and reconciliation, the foreheads of those attending are marked with ashes and the sobering reminder that, “you are dust and to dust you shall return.” The ashes are often made from the palms used at the previous year’s Palm Sunday observance. Ash Wednesday leads us into the 40 day, penitent season of Lent a time of self examination, prayer and discipline leading up to Easter Sunday. During the season of Lent, we reflect on our own sinful nature and on God’s gift of forgiveness which comes through his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
SEE YOU ALL AT CHURCH!