Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday School... why pancakes? ...and what is Lent about?

We had our traditional Pancake Race and Games today with the kids.... 

Always a fun way to introduce some of the customs, traditions of why we have pancake suppers and celebrate before Ash Wednesday... and to learn more about the upcoming season of Lent.

(BTW, pancakes are served because during Lent people often gave up rich foods that included eggs, milk, butter, etc.  So they made pancakes using those things the days before Lent, known as Shrovetide, and also known as Mardi Gras.. there are great stories online of how Pancake Races came about as well.. do a Google Search and see more!)

Some are experts at flipping!

How many plates with pancakes
can you stack on your head
and walk with?
Some tried them ALL
at once!
We enjoyed pancakes with berries, whip cream, chocolate syrup or maple syrup while we learned more about the Church Season of Lent....

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and continues for 40 days (not counting Sundays).   Lent is also a time to consider the giving up of what we are, for what we may become.

Certain traditions are on hold during Lent in Church...

No Alleluias, It's Lent! 
Our worship changes a bit during Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Lent is a season of penitence, reflection, & prayer. Worship during this time is solemn & restrained, more somber colors are used. Flowers are generally removed from the sanctuary. We hold more ecumenical services with other Christian denominations, especially on Wednesdays. 
Songs of praise like the Gloria in Excelsis ("Glory in the highest") & expressions of joy like Alleluia ("Praise the Lord") are removed from the liturgy until Easter.
Restraining our Alleluias, in some ways is a pity for, as Augustine exclaims: "Alleluia is our Song." But maybe there is a psychological advantage in muzzling our Allelu-ias during Lent, for we are more inclined to burst forth in song & praise with greater pitch & fervour at Easter.

We invite you, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination & repentance; by prayer, fasting & self-denial; and by reading & meditating on God's holy Word. ~ Book of Common Prayer Pg. 265 ~

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