The day before Ash Wednesday, known as Shrove Tuesday in the Anglican Church in England, and marks the beginning of the Christian season of fasting and prayer called Lent ending with Easter. Shrove Tuesday is commonly known in English-speaking countries associated with the United Kingdom and its Anglican traditions. The celebratory aspect of the day developed long before the Protestant Reformation, and was associated with releasing high spirits before the somber season of Lent. It is analogous to the continuing Carnival tradition associated with Mardi Gras.
This past year, Pat and Jim Algrant – faithful communicants of St. Peter’s – died and left two bequests, one for the Altar Guild and another to be used by St. Peter’s at the discretion of the Vestry. After careful thought, Rhonda Hart (Altar Guild directress) and members of the Guild decided to use the gift to purchase new linens. The first of these arrived just in time for Lent. Take time to admire the handsome new purple (color of the season) linens and note the lovely embroidered inscription, expressing gratitude for this gracious gift (photo above).