Shrove Tuesday on Sunday

Pancakes for the community at Redeemer Lutheran Church this Sunday. Clip art is public domain.

Many Christian churches and secular establishments celebrate Shrove Tuesday.  It is called Fat Tuesday along the American Gulf Coast. The tradition comes from families using up all of the treats in their kitchen cupboards in the form of pancakes, ready to start Lent the next day.  Lent symbolizes the 40-days that Christ was tempted in the desert before his triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. People observing Lent generally give up something (usually chocolate, sweets or alcohol) for period between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

The ingredients for pancakes are said to symbolize four points of significance at Easter and springtime of the year. Eggs signify creation, flour is said to be the staff of life, salt is for wholesomeness and milk symbolizes purity.

Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greenville will celebrate Shrove Tuesday Sunday after the morning service.  It will be a brunch so bring the family to Redeemer no later than 11:00 AM. Redeemer will join the saints at United Presbyterian on Stonewall Street to partake in Ash Wednesday services.

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