Skip to comments.And so it begins - The Questions, the questions... [Shrove Tuesday]
Posted on 02/26/2006 4:24:06 PM PST by sionnsar
Yippee, Shrove Tuesday is February 28th!
It seems that every year at this time, folks start asking questions about that most mysterious of days in the Church Kalendar, Shrove Tuesday. "What's a shrove, father?"; "Why do we eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?"; "I don't like pancakes, do I have to eat them? Will I go to hell if I do?" "Where can I buy a shrove, father?"And on, and on, and on it goes.
Shrove Tuesday actually has to do with being shriven of your sins. So, after you have found your priest and made your confession - take a look at some of these resources:
http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/shrove.html A particularly interesting one!
I've always preferred the observation of Shrove Tuesday as the English "Pancake Day", rather than the French "Mardi Gras" (Fat Tuesday). Pancakes just seem so much more wholesome than the debauchery most of us associate with the annual goings on in New Orleans. Girls gone wild, indeed! We can do better, we are Anglicans after all! Pass the syrup, please..... and do have some of the sausage.
In der Pennsylwania Dutch country it's Fastnacht day still!
Sorry, I just couldn't resist!
The "pancakes" that the English eat on Shrove Tuesday are actually crepes, sprinkled with sugar and lemon juice, then rolled. Sometimes the cook will serve them with a black currant, raspberry, strawberry or apple compote.
No Shrove Tuesday feast is complete without bangers!
Is eating waffles heresy if you don't like pancakes? Sorry, couldn't resist!
Not strictly, but French toast, as you can well imagine, is right out.
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Bangers and mash
Can FR’s resident pancake-flipper make the pancakes?
Shucks! He’s an atheist. So I guess not.
But anyways, to us (Anglicans) this is tradition and not sacramental, so I guess to us it doesn't matter. Though in our parish the expert pancake-flipper is not only a believer but Senior Warden.
It’s pretty simple, really — you use up all of the butter and sugar, luxuries you’re supposed to forsake during Lent.
It’s kind of amusing to me that Catholics throw the biggest party on the planet, and Anglicans make pancakes.
Well.. maybe in part that’s due to the difference between being Anglican and Roman Catholic. We Anglicans are not entirely unhappy with this, mind you — though I’d love to be rid of the Shrove Tuesday post-dinner stomach-ache: my first penance of Lent?
The post-pancake tummyache is a bit rough, but it's nothing next to an Ash Wednesday hangover.
Best to choose one or the other, because the combination is not at all pretty.
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