Trinity Episcopal Church, 703 W. Third Ave., will host its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 703 W. Third Ave., will host its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The English custom of Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, is a time to make ready one’s house and family for the solemn observance of Lent. Lent being the season of preparation for the celebration of Easter.

“Lent” is a word referring to the season of spring in which it normally falls. We rid our pantries and cupboards of all the items we will be giving up for Lent, such as butter, heavy cream, sweets, meats and the like, which is one reason “pancake suppers” are popular.

It is not a time of debauched behavior, as has been the case in some circles, but rather, once again, a time of preparation. In fact, the three weeks prior were originally set aside as preparation for Lent, with Shrove Tuesday as the last day. “Shrove”means “to shrive,” or make “shriven” — to cut away the excess.

This tradition of a pancake supper has been a part of the life of Trinity Church for nearly a century. The men of Trinity and Grace will be serving pancakes, sausage and all the trimmings.

Tickets are $6 and are available from any Men’s Club member, by calling the office at 870-534-3832 or at the door.