Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fat Tuesday, Pancakes, Lent and 991....

Quick rehash from an earlier post, but hang in there with me a minute.  As we have established, Fat Tuesday is the English translation of the French phrase Mardi Gras.  Fat Tuesday is also known as Shrove Tuesday.  Fat Tuesday refers to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

Why do many Church's have pancake suppers on Shrove Tuesday?  For years, I thought it was because pancakes were simple and easy to make.  I was wrong.   Because Lent is a time of fasting and sacrifice, the finer foods are considered a part of your sacrifices.  So back in the day, (I said it again, I've earned it)  to prevent waste, the eggs, butter, flour and sugar, as well as syrup were used up to prevent spoilage as well as ridding the cabinets of any temptations.  Many Church's forbid any products from animals, such as meat, eggs, and dairy products, as well as fats during Lent.  

Lent, in Christian tradition, is the period in the liturgical year leading up to Easter.  The traditional purpose of Lent is to prepare the believer for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This is accomplished through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self denial. This will follow a forty day period which is symbolic of the fast Jesus had in the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan three times, before leaving victorious and beginning his ministry.

I realize that this doesn't really fit in here, but I will explain.  Last week, I asked James, if there is an emergency what phone number would he call?  He replied, "991."  I asked ,what number!? He said, you know, 991.  NINE, NINE, ONE!!!  That is what they taught us in school.  After a good laugh at his innocent mistake, I did teach him the correct number is 911.  Hope he never has to actually do it though.  hate to think my whole balance is dependent on somebody answering 991.

February 16, 1968, the first 911 service in America started forty two years ago.  Believe it or not, it was started in Haleyville, Alabama.  Shout out to my Alabama brethren.

Get in your last minute goodies, cause tomorrow we begin our forty day walk in Grace!

Glory!!  Hang up that phone and pass the syrup!!

Fat Tuesday Daddy

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