No Pancakes Today!

The annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper has been canceled due to the snow and ice and cold.

In northern countries it was customary to prepare for Lent by cleaning all the old leaven out of the pantry — and the best way to use up the leaven was to make pancakes. Thus arose the custom of the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. (Southern countries took a more “vigorous” approach to using up the meat and fat before the Lenten fast began: they invented Carnival and Mardi Gras.)

Our burst of northern-like weather has put all our Shrove Tuesday customs on hold this year. We invite you to make pancakes — or wear beads — at home, to stay warm, and to pray for those who have no shelter on a cold day.

The Taize service, originally scheduled to follow the Pancake Supper, is also canceled.

Ash Wednesday services will take place tomorrow as scheduled, no matter the weather!