The Shrove Tuesday Tradition - The day before the beginning of Lent is known as Shrove Tuesday. To shrive someone, in old-fashioned English is to hear his acknowledgement of his sins, to assure him of God's forgiveness, and to give him appropriate spiritual advice.
On Shrove Tuesday, many Christians make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God's help in dealing with. Often they consult on these matters with a spiritual counselor, or receive shrift.
Shrove Tuesday is also called Fat Tuesday, because on that day a thrifty housewife uses up the fats that she has kept around (the can of bacon drippings, or whatever) for cooking, but that she will not be using during Lent. Since pancakes are a standard way of using up fat, the day is also called Pancake Tuesday.
Our Lady of Walsingham will celebrate Shrove Tuesday with a pancake supper and carry on the tradition of pancake races in the cloister and games for the children on the pavilion. This will be a fun evening steeped in the Anglican tradition.