Shrove Tuesday has become the last day of celebration and feasting before the Lenten season.
The name “Shrove Tuesday” is derived from the word “shrive”, which means to confess and receive absolution. The name denotes a period of cleansing, wherein a person brings their lusts and appetites under subjection through abstention and self-sacrifice.
The concept behind this practice is found in 1 Corinthians 9:27, where the Apostle Paul states: “I buffet my body and make it my slave…” Ironically, Shrove Tuesday has evolved into a day of frivolity and indulgence, during which people participate in as much pleasure and self-gratification as they can before Lent begins. (Source: ShareFaith.com).
On February 9, 2016, St. Alban’s observed Shrove Tuesday with sausage, bacon and, of course, pancakes! Pictures are below.