Celebrate the Lenten Season at Holy Trinity

What is Lent?

The 40 days before Easter is known as Lent.  Sundays are not counted because they are always feast days. It is a season of fasting, repentance, prayer, and self examination in preparation for Easter. It is celebrated from Ash Wednesday to Easter Saturday.

Shrove Tuesday

The day before Ash Wednesday is called Shrove Tuesday.  Shrove comes from an old English word “shrive” that means to have our sins forgiven.  Shrove Tuesday is a reminder that we are entering a season of penance.  It is considered a day of feasting.  Feast today for tomorrow we fast!

Why are pancakes eaten on Shrove Tuesday?  Lent is a time when many Christians give things up as a sign of repentance.  Traditionally that included luxuries like butter and eggs.  Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day is the last chance before Easter to use up the fatty food that can’t be eaten during the 40 days of Lent.  Pancakes were a dish that used up the food by simply adding some flour.

The Youth Group, with assistance from the men of Holy Trinity, will be flipping pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, February 13, from 5-7 p.m. at the Parish Hall.  The cost is $5.00 per person and $15.00 max per family.  The menu includes all you can eat pancakes, bacon, sausage, milk, orange juice and water. Please make plans to attend and bring your family and friends.  This pancake supper will benefit our Youth Group!

Ash Wednesday

There will be two services held on Ash Wednesday, February 14.  Service times will be 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m.  Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words  “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”.

Lent Madness  

The Saintly Scorecard Bracket has been posted in the Parish Hall.  Lent Madness will start the day after Ash Wednesday. There are 32 saints placed in a tournament style, single elimination bracket.  Each pairing remains open for twenty-four hours, and people vote for their favorite saint.  Sixteen saints make it to the Saintly Sixteen, eight advance to the Elite Eight, four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship, and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.  To participate you can go to LentMadness.org. You can pick up your copy of the Saintly Bracket at the Parish Hall.   For more information, please contact Steve DeBolt or Nancy Leonard.