Breakfast For Dinner

Join us for the Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 9 at 6 p.m. All are welcome.
By Sandra Seaborn, Associate Priest

Posted on January 27, 2016

“Breakfast for Dinner?!” my children cried in delight. “Yes,” I replied. “And not because I forgot to go shopping, either.” “Awesome,” they both chimed together. Awesome indeed!

On Shrove Tuesday, February 9 at 6 p.m., you are invited to join us for breakfast for dinner - otherwise known as The Pancake Supper. Traditionally viewed as a day of repentance, Shrove Tuesday is the last day for celebration and feasting before the Lenten season. The name "Shrove Tuesday”, derived from the word "shrive", means to confess and receive absolution.

Our annual Pancake Supper is a celebration of food and St. Paul's community. There will be table activities to keep little ones happy, music offered by members of our Youth Group and plenty of company for those who come alone. Perhaps you have friends or neighbours you could share the meal with? Ask them. The cost is reasonable ($6 adults & $4 children) and the evening will be fun.

Why do we gather to eat sugar and butter? Is this tradition found in the Bible? Well, no. Nowhere in scripture are we told to eat pancakes. The celebration of Shrove Tuesday has roots in a time when people were encouraged to give up rich foods, such as sugar, milk and eggs, for Lent. By eating pancakes, people used up the rich ingredients in their household. They did not bring such special foods back into their diets until Easter.

Keeping luxuries from the diet was seen as part of fasting – one of the practices associated with Lent, which starts the following day. Lent continues to be understood as a preparation for Easter and the practice of fasting, along with prayer and giving, are still affirmed as ways to redirect our focus on God.

Lest we become overly-serious in our journey of faith, the Pancake Supper stands in contrast to austerity. This meal reminds of us the joy and abundant life that is on offer to us through Jesus Christ, whose first miracle recorded in the Gospel of John happened at a party.

So do come and join the St. Paul’s Pancake Supper. There will be laughter, pancakes and maple syrup. Bring others along too we enjoy breakfast for dinner, together enjoying God’s goodness found in the provision of food and friendship.

See you there!