Pancake Luncheon planned for St. Peter's

Feb 24, 2014

Rockland — The annual tradition of a Pancake Luncheon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will continue Tuesday, March 4 with two serving times at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The women of the parish will prepare and serve pancakes with maple syrup, sausage, sherbet and cookies, and coffee and tea.

The luncheon is open to all and all proceeds from the admission charge of $7 for adults and $3 for children will be donated to the Methodist Conference Home’s Meals on Wheels program. No reservations are needed.

March 4 is the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Christian season of fasting and prayer called Lent ending with Easter. In the Anglican Church in England the day is called Shrove Tuesday.

Shrove Tuesday is a term commonly known in English-speaking countries associated with the United Kingdom and its Anglican traditions. The popular celebratory aspect of the day developed long before the Protestant Reformation, and was associated with releasing high spirits before the somber season of Lent. It is analogous to the continuing Carnival tradition associated with Mardi Gras.

In the United Kingdom and many other countries, the day is often known simply as Pancake Day or Fat Tuesday. Making and eating such foods was considered a last feast with ingredients such as butter, sugar, fat and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during Lent. “Pancake Races” are still held in English towns with people racing one another down a track while carrying a pancake in a cast iron frying pan!

No need to race, but come on over to St. Peter’s for a fun and delicious lunch.

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