Thought For The Day – Tuesday 13th February 2024
Today is Shrove Tuesday.
“Shrove” is derived from the old middle English word “shriven”.
This refers to confessing and repenting (turning away from) sins.
Shrove Tuesday is a day of penitence.
Penitence means showing sorrow, regret and asking for absolution and forgiveness. This leads to humility and making a positive change.
Strength is found in vulnerability. We all need the help of other people and other people need our help. Our humanity reminds us about what is truly important.
Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration, as well as reflection.
Shrove Tuesday marks the day before the Christian period of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, forty days where Christians get ready to remember The Suffering, Sacrifice, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ in Holy Week and at Easter.
Because traditionally Christians eat more simply or frugally in Lent, pancakes were made as a means to use up eggs, milk and sugar before the beginning of Lent.
At break time today, Interact will be selling pancakes and cookies for Saint Michael’s Church, which will host our Lent and Easter Services in Holy Week.