Saint Mary’s Anglican Church will celebrate Shrove Tuesday with traditional pancakes on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is the 72nd year the congregation at St. Mary’s has prepared the pancake meal. It began as an annual fund-raiser in 1946. Mrs. L. Brann provided the 100-year-old recipe from her family cookbook and shared it with a few church members, who promised to keep it a secret.

Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras, is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

Because it is linked to Easter, the date is different every year.

The word “shrove” is the past tense of the verb “shrive,” which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins.

Pancakes are eaten on that day so the rich ingredients of milk, eggs, butter and sugar can be used before fasting begins the next day at the start of Lent.

St. Mary’s pancake meal has been a family tradition for Hamiltonians for many years, and last year for the first time it was a lunch. It will be a lunch again this year in the parish hall.

The meal has not changed – it is a full, satisfying meal of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Prices are $7 for adults; $3 for children 6 o 12; preschoolers eat free.

St. Mary’s is located at the corner of College and Highway 36. Entrance to the parish hall is on Highway 36, and parking is available across the street at the First United Methodist Church.

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