Pancake supper at Trinity Episcopal Church continues tradition

Trinity Episcopal Church, 703 W. Third Ave., will host its 96th Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The men of Trinity and Grace Episcopal churches will serve all-you-care-to-eat pancakes, sausages and all the trimmings in the parish hall of the historic church.

Parish records show that Trinity’s first Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper was held in 1918, following the tradition brought from England by a parishioner, William Malley. The pancake recipe was developed by his wife, Gillie “Mama” Malley.

The word shrove is the past tense of the English verb shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of confession and doing penance. Thus Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the custom for Christians to be “shriven” before the start of Lent. The English custom of Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, is a time to make ready one’s house and family for the solemn observance of the season of Lent.

Following the ancient tradition, pancake suppers are a thrifty way to use up such rich foods as butter, sweets and meats, which are often abstained from while fasting during Lent, the 40-day church season that culminates in Easter.

Tickets are $6 and are available in the church office or at the door on the day of the event. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 870-534-3832.