All Saints’ gearing up for Shrove Tuesday

PORTSMOUTH — All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 610 Fourth Street in Portsmouth is preparing for the Season of Lent, and will do so by hosting a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Feb. 9, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Father Steve Cuff, Rector of All Saints’ Shrove Tuesday’s significance is due to its association with Ash Wednesday, and the Season of Lent.

“Shrove Tuesday only has meaning because of the day and season which follow it: Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent. On Ash Wednesday many Christian traditions begin the Season of Lent, 40 days leading up to Easter, when individuals and communities reflect on the richness of God’s grace and mercy through Christ – and how we have responded to that love,” Cuff said. ” Lent is marked by almsgiving, fasting, and prayer – practices that cleanse the soul. As a way to prepare for this penitential time, it became the custom to clear the rich food from the pantry in a festive celebration and on Shrove Tuesday faith communities gather to share that rich food.

Cuff also said the Pancake Supper will provide a hearty meal, while preparing for new life and resurrection at Easte

“Pancakes, using up eggs and butter, and sausage, using up the rich meat – are prepared and shared in festivity. Although a far cry from the raucous celebrations of Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday remains as a celebratory reminder of God’s richness and love throughout the year, and invite us to gather heading toward new life and resurrection at Easter,” he said.

All Saints’ is extending an invitation to the entire community is invited to participate in Shrove Tuesday with All Saints’ Church as they share a pancake supper on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – and also to gather on Ash Wednesday for devotion and communion in worship on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 12:10 p.m. or at 6 p.m.

By Portia Williams

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