St. Peter’s pancake tradition

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 217 Houston St., Ripon, will hold its annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the free pancake supper in the church’s undercroft (basement).

Shrove Tuesday is the term used in the English-speaking countries of the United Kingdom to refer to the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday, also known as “Pancake Tuesday” in the U.K., was also called “Fat Tuesday” because British households tried to use the remaining fat in their households before Lent, which brought with it a stricter diet. “Shrove” is the past tense of the English verb “shrive,” to obtain absolution for one’s sins by confessing and doing penance. Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the shriving, or confession, that Anglo–Saxon Christians were expected to receive immediately before Lent.

St. Peter’s is an Episcopal church in Ripon, Wis., with a chapel in Wautoma, Wis. St. Peter’s is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac, which has more than 6,600 baptized members in northeast Wisconsin, the Episcopal Church of the United States of America, and the worldwide Anglican Communion. The St. Peter’s building, constructed in 1860, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Regularly scheduled services are held Sundays at 9:30 a.m. (English) and at noon (Spanish), and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s; and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Chapel in Wautoma. The mission of St. Peter’s is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

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