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Pancake supper at Trinity Feb. 10
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Trinity Episcopal Church, 250 Market St., Platteville, will hold a pancake supper on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the free pancake supper (free will donation will be taken) in the church’s parish hall just next to the church.

The supper will commemorate Shrove Tuesday two days early. Shrove Tuesday is the term used in the English-speaking countries of the United Kingdom to refer to the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday, also known as “Pancake Tuesday” in the U.K., was 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.

Traditionally pancakes are to be served on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Due to the schedule of Trinity’s rector (pastor), Rev. Christian Maxfield, between Episcopal churches in Platteville and Prairie du Chien, Trinity will be serving pancakes on Sunday evening instead this year, getting an early start to Lent.