Shrove Tuesday is popularly known as Fat Tuesday, a day often set aside to glorify excess. But for Christians the day is about moderation and marks the beginning of the penitential season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday.
It has become a tradition of the church that on Shrove Tuesday God’s people gather together to eat up all the rich, fatty and sugary foods in preparation for abstaining from such self-indulgent pleasures during the Lenten Season. These pleasures are set aside for a season to enhance our ability to focus our lives on Jesus.
At Church of Our Savior we gather every year on Shrove Tuesday to feast, but our simple menu centers on pancakes and sausage. This basic fare signifies for us our reliance on God for all our needs and our eagerness to enter into the sacrificial season of Lent. Most importantly we want to welcome Jesus and to celebrate the gift of new life that God has given us in Him.
The name Shrove Tuesday is taken from the Old English word “shrive”, which means to receive forgiveness of sins. It was on this day before Lent began that many of God’s people visited their local parish priest to confess their sins and receive absolution in hopes of entering into the season on the right foot.
At Church of Our Savior we do not consider Shrove Tuesday a Biblically mandated celebration, but we do find it a meaningful opportunity to share a meal. We seek out this fellowship with one another with thanksgiving in our hearts for the wonderful salvation we know in Jesus Christ.