15 | Shrove Tuesday — Chuck Knows Church

Posted By on June 1, 2019

about six weeks from Easter you may start seeing things for Shrove Tuesday or as Mardi Gras enthusiasts refer to it Fat Tuesday or as its overprotective mother might refer to it big-boned Tuesday now maybe there's a pancake breakfast or supper but what is that Shrove Tuesday and what do pancakes have to do with anything besides butter and syrup it's all about Shrove Tuesday on this episode of Chuck knows Church Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent which is 40 days before Easter and 29 days before my birthday well it's 40 days before Easter if you don't count the Sundays because Lent you never mind talking about Lent in another episode and we're talking about my birthday never thank you for that so Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday or maybe you recognize pancake Tuesday that's all clicking now isn't it now the word Shrove is the past tense of the verb Shrive and we all know what that means don't we Shrive means to receive absolution by confessing and doing penance so Shrove Tuesday got its name from the shrine that Christians were supposed to do immediately before lent lent being a time to prepare for Easter through prayer or repentance and most commonly perhaps self-denial by giving up sweets or fatty foods or reality television now preparing for that self-denial meant limiting the good things that you might find tempting so traditionally for many Shrove Tuesday became Fat Tuesday or even pancake Tuesday because making the pancake is a way to use of all the rich foods like eggs and milk and sugar before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent now this is a particularly effective practice if you like jellybeans chocolate chip leftover pie pancakes which I do of course at our church Shrove Tuesday always means a pancake someone has to eat them right use up all the fat and sugar and jellybeans all right to learn more you can ask your pastor I love my birthday

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This article has 9 comments

  1. So hyped…

  2. I grew up in a Christian household and in a variety of Protestant churches, but I don't ever remember pancakes being a thing around Easter. When I first heard of Shrove Tuesday and its associated pancakes, it was in connection with the UK.

  3. Thanks, Chuck! See also "Doughnut Day" and Fasnachts, for those of us serving in the areas where the EUB part of our UM heritage is still going strong (Ja, Pennsylvania Germans!). If you love jelly beans, perhaps you'd love jelly doughnuts on Shrove Tuesday, too! (Disclaimer: true Fasnachts are plain, potato-based yeast pastries fried doughnut-style sans filling, but for you they'd do jelly, I'm sure).


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