Pancakes and Palm Ashes
Join us on February 28 at 6:30pm for our annual Pancake Supper. The night before Ash Wednesday is traditionally a big time for celebration. Known in the Episcopal Church as “Shrove Tuesday” the day is also called “Fat Tuesday,” Carnival in Spanish, or Mardi Gras in French. The word “shrove” or “shriven” in old English meant “confession” as Christians would come to confess their sins before the great season of Lent began. We could also imagine that the festivals before Lent gave people something to confess…
Traditionally the day is a day to eat your last round of sweets and fats before the great season of fast, Lent, which starts the next day: Ash Wednesday. What better way to get sweets and fats than pancakes!
This year our youth group will be grilling pancakes, and we’ll have a Mardi Gras themed dinner. Bring your masks, beads, and wear your favorite Mardi Gras attire. We’ll also have a Mardi Gras trivia contest with fabulous prizes.
After dinner, we’ll participate in another great tradition: preparing the Ashes for the next day’s Ash Wednesday services. We’ll build a fire out on the front patio. The ashes for Ash Wednesday come from palms from the previous Palm Sunday. If you saved any palm branches and palm crosses, bring them along. (If you didn’t, don’t worry, we saved plenty at the church.) We’ll say a few prayers and enjoy the bonfire, weather permitting.