Lent begins with pancakes and ashes

Why do churches often begin the season of Lent with a pancake dinner?
Shrove Tuesday traditionally marks a time of “shriving” the excess from a person’s life, even the pantry. Rich and fatty foods like eggs, milk, and flour were used up before beginning the Lenten period of fasting.

St. Andrew’s, Emporia served over 170 people at their Shrove Tuesday Pancake Fundraiser to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lyon Co.
A young member of St. Mary’s, Galena tries his hand at flipping pancakes for the church’s Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner.
Students at the Canterbury House at K-State enjoyed “Shrove Monday” since that is when they regularly gather for a weekly meal.

What is the significance of ashes on Ash Wednesday?
The imposition of ashes serve as a reminder that earthly life is finite. “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” Ashes have also traditionally been a symbol of contrition and repentance throughout history.

The Rev. Rob Baldwin of Trinity, Lawrence imposes ashes on students at Bishop Seabury Academy on Ash Wednesday.
Diocesan Missioner Jenn Allen imposes ashes on Bishop Cathleen Bascom at Bethany House and Gardens before offering Ashes to Go to the community on Ash Wednesday.
The Rev. Margaret McGhee delivered Ashes-to-Go to a student on the K-State campus.

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