Trinity Episcopal Church will hold its annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper at the church’s Cunningham Center, 250 Market St., Platteville, Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Trinity’s celebration of Shrove Tuesday is based upon a long tradition. English-speaking countries of the United Kingdom refer to the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, as Shrove Tuesday. This day is also known as “Pancake Tuesday” in the U.K., and also called “Fat Tuesday” because British households tried to use the remaining fat in their households before Lent, which brought with it a stricter diet.
“Shrove” is the past tense of the English verb “shrive,” to obtain absolution for one’s sins by confessing and doing penance. Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the shriving, or confession, that Anglo–Saxon Christians were expected to receive immediately before Lent.
A free will offering will be taken.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10. Fr. Brian will be distributing ashes on the UW–Platteville campus in Trinity’s second “Ashes to Go” at 8:30 a.m. Trinity will have Ash Wednesday Mass at noon.