The True Meaning of Shrove Tuesday

As many of you will know, today is Mardi Gras. Or as we Anglicans like to call it, Shrove Tuesday. What some will not know is that the word “shrove” is an old English word that means “bracket.” Yes, friends, today is the day you should be finishing up your Lent Madness brackets. Gather some friends and place bets (for charity). Remember there is no charge for voting here on Lent Madness, and that voting starts on Ash Thursday morning, February 23.

To get you in the mood, here is an inspirational video.

Also, check out today’s Episcopal News Service story on Lent Madness. Make sure you tell all your friends, and some random strangers, about our Facebook page and video channel.

Have fun eating pancakes today. Then do not have fun getting ashes tomorrow, but do go to church and begin the more important (and less zany) part of Lent. And then you can have a bit of fun again on Thursday when the voting begins!

6 Comments to "The True Meaning of Shrove Tuesday"

  1. Ann's Gravatar Ann
    February 21, 2012 - 11:47 am | Permalink

    I am so glad to know that Shrove means bracket — I am so lacking in my Episco-education.

    • Lynne Jacobson's Gravatar Lynne Jacobson
      February 21, 2012 - 4:13 pm | Permalink

      (Ann, I think it’s a joke-but I haven’t been able to figure it out yet. You won’t find the definition of “shrove” as bracket anywhere but here.) Have fun, Gang!

  2. Brigid Courtney's Gravatar Brigid Courtney
    February 24, 2012 - 9:49 am | Permalink

    I smiled a lot on Ash Wednesday

  3. DrBB's Gravatar DrBB
    February 24, 2012 - 11:30 am | Permalink

    For the record: “Shrove” = Middle English, p.t. of shrive, to absolve. Not to spoil the joke of course, just in case anyone wanted to know….

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