Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday 2020


Shrove Tuesday:  February 25

Shrove:  past tense of shrive, Old English – to hear confession, assure of God’s forgiveness, and give appropriate spiritual guidance

Because Shrove Tuesday was the last day before the fasting Lenten Season, it was necessary to use up perishable food items which were not to be consumed during Lent, including milk, eggs, butter, sugar, and meat. This led to the tradition of Pancake Tuesday, a last feast before the Lenten fast.

We love this tradition at Restoration — so much so that we have our own little twist on it. Come eat some pancakes, and then stay for a parish meeting. We’ll talk all things Resto: where we’ve been, where we’re going, and what to expect during the season of Lent. Don’t miss it!

Pancakes drop at 6.  Our family meeting starts at 7.  Childcare is available for 5th grade and below, but we ask that you please let Louise know so she can plan accordingly.


An opportunity to give during Lent

We also wanted to let you know that when you get your pancakes, you can make an offering for our close partner, the Anglican Relief and Development Fund.  We provide several special opportunities during Lent and Holy Week to give gifts, alms, and generous assistance to an organization outside of Restoration that is doing work which Restoration supports wholeheartedly.  This year, we have chosen ARDF’s “Cascading Ministries Initiative”.  All of our offerings on Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and Easter (+the pancake supper!) will go to this Initiative.  We invite you to consider your Lenten disciplines of giving, prayer, and fasting (Matthew 6) as you keep in mind the opportunities presented by ARDF.



Ash Wednesday:  February 26

Dear People of God:  The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting…

Book of Common Prayer p. 543.

On Ash Wednesday, we’ll move reflectively into Lent as we are reminded with love and grace that we are dust, and to dust we shall return.  The liturgy with imposition of ash and Holy Eucharist will begin at 6:30am, 12pm, and 7:30pm on February 26.  Nursery is available at 12pm and 7:30pm.  We will provide shuttle service from the parking lot at Quincy and 15th during the 7:30pm liturgy.

Come, enter the season of Lent with us.