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Shrove Tuesday: Prayer, Pancakes, Confessions

February 21, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Prepare for a Holy Lent with prayer, pancakes, confessions and libations. St. James will be supplying the pancakes and you are asked to bring sides (precooked sausage, bacon, fruits, pancake toppings, drinks, etc.). Fr. Mayer and Fr. Ernie will be ready to shrive you of your sins during this time to help you get ready for lent. This is our final feast and celebration before the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday! Sign up for this pancake potluck here or after Mass or by contacting Cathy Messina via email (see below for email).

Evening Prayer
The night will begin at 5:30 PM with Vespers from Divine Worship: Daily Office, the poetic form of Evening Prayer unique to the Ordinariate. Come and experience and learn about the second greatest form of prayer in the Church, by-passed only by Holy Mass. This form of prayer can be traced back to the apostles and even further to our Jewish forefathers.

No Wait Confessions
Instead of standing in line and waiting for your confession to be heard by a priest, you will have the opportunity receive a text notifying you that you are next up. This will allow you to have fun, and enjoy good food and conversation while you are waiting for you turn to be shriven (forgiven) of your sins.

History of Shrove Tuesday
“Shrove” is Old English for being shriven of your sins. In other words, going to confession and getting your sins removed in preparation for a Holy Lent which begins the day after Shrove Tuesday. The old Shrove Tuesday tradition was empty your house of meat, dairy, eggs, and oil by removing them from your home in preparation for Lent. So, people emptied their pantries of these and made pancakes to enjoy their eggs and oils, then added the meats, cheeses, milk, and other dairies they would not have for the Lenten season. The old custom is to bless all these on Easter to celebrate their return.



February 21, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Cathy Messina


St. James Catholic Church
12447 Mandarin Road
Jacksonville, FL 32223 United States
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