The reading begins at 9:16.
Here’s what’s happening over the next few weeks:
Have you committed to inviting someone to come to Holy Week and Easter services? Make sure to take some of our invitation cards this week so that you can evangelize with ease. And prayerfully commit to honoring our Lord’s passion in this time by coming to at least one of the special services.
3/4 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (5PM-7:30PM)
3/5 Ash Wednesday (Services at 7am, 12:15pm, 6pm)
3/9 First Sunday in Lent / Daylight Savings Time change (we will meet at 11AM instead of 10AM to make sure you don’t lose that hour of sleep)
3/12 Feast of St. Gregory the Great
3/14-15 Vestry Retreat
3/16 Potluck Sunday (St. Patrick’s Day theme)
3/19 Feast of St. Joseph
4/13 Palm Sunday 4/17 Maundy Thursday
4/18 Good Friday 4/20 Easter Day
Come to our Good Friday service at 7PM.
As a reminder, here is the remainder of our Holy Week schedule:
If you have any prayer concerns, please pass them along to me. I will make sure they are available for those who are praying through the vigil tonight.
The day before the beginning of Lent is known as Shrove Tuesday. To shrive someone, in old-fashioned English (he shrives, he shrove, he has shriven or he shrives, he shrived, he has shrived), is to hear his acknowledgement of his sins, to assure him of God’s forgiveness, and to give him appropriate spiritual advice. The term survives today in ordinary usage in the expression “short shrift”. To give someone short shrift is to pay very little attention to his excuses or problems. The longer expression is, “to give him short shrift and a long rope,” which formerly meant to hang a criminal with a minimum of delay.
On Shrove Tuesday, many Christians make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with. Often they consult on these matters with a spiritual counselor, or receive shrift.
Shrove Tuesday is also called Fat Tuesday (in French, Mardi=Tuesday; gras=fat, as in “pate de foie gras”, which is liver paste and very fatty), because on that day a thrifty housewife uses up the fats that she has kept around (the can of bacon drippings, or whatever) for cooking, but that she will not be using during Lent. Since pancakes are a standard way of using up fat, the day is also called Pancake Tuesday. In England, and perhaps elsewhere, the day is celebrated with pancake races. The contestants run a course while holding a griddle and flipping a pancake. Points are awarded for time, for number and height of flips, and number of times the pancake turns over. There are of course penalties for dropping the pancake.
In 2012 Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Day) is on Tuesday 21 February
Read on to find out why we eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and other facts about this special time of year.
Why are Pancakes eaten on Shrove Tuesday?
Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.
When is Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)?
Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between 3 February and 9 March. (See our Lent page for a visual explanation why Shrove Tuesday is 47 days and not 41 days before Easter)
In 2012 Pancake Day will be on 21 February
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2009 — 24 February
2010 — 16 February
2011 — 8 March
2012 — 21 February
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2014 — 4 March
2015 — 17 February
2016 — 9 February
2017 — 28 February
Why do Christians call the day ‘Shrove Tuesday’?
The name Shrove comes from the old word “shrive” which means to confess. On Shrove Tuesday, in the Middle Ages, people used to confess their sins so that they were forgiven before the season of Lent began.
What is Shrove Tuesday?
Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it’s the last day before Lent. Throughout the United Kingdom, and in other countries too, people indulge themselves on foods that traditionally aren’t allowed during Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent. copyright of projectbritain.com
What is an English Pancake?
A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a pan.
The photograph shows a pancake
being cooked in a frying pan.
Caster sugar (superfine sugar) is sprinkled over the top and a dash of fresh lemon juice added. The pancake is then rolled. Some people add golden syrup or jam.
Prayer (traditional language)
Mercifully hear our prayers, O Lord, and spare all those who confess their sins unto thee; that they, whose consciences by sin are accused, by thy merciful pardon may be absolved; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Prayer (contemporary language)
Mercifully hear our prayers, O Lord, and spare all those who confess their sins unto you; that they, whose consciences by sin are accused, by your merciful pardon may be absolved; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Other names for Shrove Tuesday
United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia - Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday
Brazil - Terça-feira gorda - Fat Tuesday – the final day of Brazilian Carnival.
Greece - Apocreas, which means “from the meat” since they don’t eat meat during Lent, either.
Sweden - Fettisdagen (Fat Tuesday).
USA In Catholic and French-speaking parts of the United States this day is called Mardi Gras.
Germany - “Fastnacht” (Also spelt “Fasnacht”, “Fasenacht”, “Fasteloven” (in the Rhine area) or “Fasching” in Bavaria.)
In France they call it Mardi Gras, which means Grease or Fat Tuesday.
In Iceland the day is known as “Sprengidagur” (Bursting day).
Here is the schedule for Holy Week and beyond.
Office Hours for Holy Week
Thu: 10AM-5PM Fri: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Here is the schedule for the next few weeks.
Office Hours for the week of March 18th-24th
Tue: 5PM-8PM Wed: 9AM-6PM Thu: 9AM-12PM
A helpful FAQ about fasting from Christ Church Plano.
There are many questions about fasting. Some of the questions arise because it is not a typical practice for many Americans and, thus, we have little experience with this discipline. Our culture is one that, by and large, eats often and eats a lot. In the Dallas area, there are restaurants everywhere, and many of these are packed on a regular basis. Fasting challenges this way of living. More importantly, it offers the opportunity to draw us closer to God and to open our lives to the amazing work of the Holy Spirit.
The following Q & A answers basic questions regarding fasting.
Join the men of the parish on Shrove Tuesday (2/21) as they serve a delicious supper of pancakes and sausage. The food will be served from 6-8PM. If you would like to serve, or provide some of the goodies, contact Joe Harris or Fr. Chris.