Lent

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Lent

What do pancakes have to do with Christianity?

Pancakes kick off the church season of Lent, which usually begins around mid-February each year and lasts a little over seven weeks. The ‘eve’ of Lent is officially known as Shrove Tuesday – unofficially ‘Pancake Day’ – and Lent begins on the Wednesday afterwards, called Ash Wednesday.

There are some times in the church year which are about waiting and preparing. Advent is about preparing for Christmas, and the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Lent is another time of preparation – this time leading up to Easter. Traditionally, Christians give something up (‘fast’) as a way of reflecting on the sacrifices that Jesus made – firstly in leaving God’s home to live on earth, and ultimately in giving his own life to bring life to others.

In our Lent section, you will find articles on Shrove Tuesday explaining where the name comes from and also why we eat pancakes. (You might even find some top tips for making them yourself!). Discover more about what makes Ash Wednesday such an unusual day to be in church, and find out how different Christians choose to spend their 40 days of Lent.

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40 Acts

What does Lent look like in the 21st century?

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Lent: 40 days of fasting, saying sorry and preparing to celebrate one of the biggest Christian festivals of the year – Easter. At least, this is how Christians have spent Lent over hundreds of years. But these days, many people are living Lent a little bit differently. Stewardship is […]

Making Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday

Why do we eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?

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Making Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday

Why do we eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?

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Why do we make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday? What ingredients do you need to make a tasty pancake? In this fun film Jack and Callum learn how to make a pancake and also talk about what Shrove Tuesday is. Click here to download Instructions for […]

Shrove Tuesday

What are the origins of this day?

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Shrove Tuesday

What are the origins of this day?

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Shrove Tuesday is actually the day before Lent begins, the day before Ash Wednesday. It is a day of preparation for Lent. Today it is often known as Pancake Day. Shrove comes from the old word ‘shrive’, which means to confess the things you have done […]

The Beginning of Lent

What happens on Ash Wednesday?

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The Beginning of Lent

What happens on Ash Wednesday?

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Ash Wednesday is the day after Shrove Tuesday and signals the start of Lent. It is called ‘Ash Wednesday’ because Lent is a time when people are sorry for the wrong things in their lives and ashes are used in the Bible as signs of […]

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LENT – a time of preparation and fasting

What happens during Lent?

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Lent is a special time in the Church’s calendar that takes place each spring in the run up to Easter. It begins in either late February or early March with Ash Wednesday. Lent lasts for 40 days (not including Sundays) and ends the day before […]