Each year, on the day before Ash Wednesday, Wye Parish hosts at Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Our supper traditionally in cludes a menu of pancakes – plain and blueberry – sausages and cinnamon applesauce, along with Columbian coffee and juice. All you can eat!
Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins. It gets its name from the ritual of shriving that Christians used to undergo in the past. In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receives absolution for them. When a person receives absolution, their sins are forgiven and they are released from the guilt and pain caused by that sin. This tradition is over 1000 years old. The French call Shrove Tuesday Mardi Gras, translated fat Tuesday. It marks the giving up of fats as a sign of abstinence. This gave rise to the practice of serving pancakes, which use up the eggs, fats and milk in the household, items which will be avoided during Lent.
The date of Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday vary with the church calendar. Please check the current Wye Parish calendar to find the date for this year.