Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday from our friends at Novalis. See also links at

Seeds of Faith

On a day popularly known as Pancake Tuesday, it’s safe to assume what will be on the menu in many Catholic houses across the country today.

The Tuesday preceding the beginning of Lent is known by many names, all reflecting the great shift that occurs in our lives once Ash Wednesday arrives and we adopt a simpler, penitential lifestyle befitting the season.

During the Middle Ages, the day became known as Shrove Tuesday with the word “shrove” finding its roots in the Anglo-Saxon shrive, which translates to the process of confession. As a name then Shrove Tuesday pointedly references both the ancient practice of going to confession on the eve of Lent and the work of repentance in the days to come.

More than a quaint custom, eating pancakes on the eve of Ash Wednesday carries inherent theological symbolism. The practice is tied to the tradition of cleaning the…

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