logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Christian Living Site

BellaOnline's Christian Living Editor

g

Shrove Tuesday - The Beginning of Lent


When Shrove Tuesday turned up on my calendar as a Christian holiday, I am embarrassed to say that I had never heard of it. After consulting an encyclopedia and Internet sources, I now have an understanding of the day that precedes Lent.

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the ancient ritual of shriving. The name is derived from the Old English term shrive. To shrive someone is to hear them confess their sins. In shriving, a person would acknowledge his sins, usually to a priest and would receive absolution. (absolution - the person is forgiven or set free from the penalty of their sins)

On Shrove Tuesday, Christians make a special point of self-examination and contemplation. They look for wrongs for which they need to repent and changes that they should make in their life.
This day is also called Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. In French, Mardi means Tuesday and Gras means fat. Traditionally, this was the day that housewives would prepare for Lent by using up the fats, such as bacon drippings, in the house. Lent is traditionally a time of fasting from rich foods. Unfortunately, for many Fat Tuesday has become a day of over-indulgence, a last chance to celebrate before the fast. It is sort of a way to make up for the sense of loss in observing Lent.

The date of Ash Wednesday is found by counting forty days before Easter - not counting Sundays. Ash Wednesday is often observed by the wearing of ashes on one's forehead. Ashes are a symbol of repentance and of mourning. It is seen in the Bible in 2 Samuel 13:19, Esther 4:1-3, Job 42:6, and Jeremiah 6:26.

As Christians, we are called to acknowledge and to mourn our wrong doings. We are to ask for God's forgiveness. We are to call upon Jesus Christ and accept that He has absolved us by His death on the cross. We are free from the penalty of sin because of His sacrifice. Observing a day of contemplation and reflection is a fitting way to prepare for the observance of His death and resurrection. While designating a special day is a good way to observe Christ's sacrifice for my sin, it is important that I remember to acknowledge and repent my sins on more than one day a year.

Perhaps a better practice is to set aside a special time every evening to think back over the day and to confess any sin that comes to mind. If I have offended someone, I can make plans to reconcile. If I have offended God, I can ask His forgiveness. Then, I am able to celebrate - daily - the new life Christ has given me.



Click Here







Add Shrove+Tuesday+%2D+The+Beginning+of+Lent to Twitter Add Shrove+Tuesday+%2D+The+Beginning+of+Lent to Facebook Add Shrove+Tuesday+%2D+The+Beginning+of+Lent to MySpace Add Shrove+Tuesday+%2D+The+Beginning+of+Lent to Del.icio.us Digg Shrove+Tuesday+%2D+The+Beginning+of+Lent Add Shrove+Tuesday+%2D+The+Beginning+of+Lent to Yahoo My Web Add Shrove+Tuesday+%2D+The+Beginning+of+Lent to Google Bookmarks Add Shrove+Tuesday+%2D+The+Beginning+of+Lent to Stumbleupon Add Shrove+Tuesday+%2D+The+Beginning+of+Lent to Reddit



 



Leading Children Through Lent
Teach Your Children About Easter
It's Easter - Happy Birthday !
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map




For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Christian Living Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
talk
Talk to Editor
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Lynne Chapman. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lynne Chapman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Lynne Chapman for details.

g


g features
A Thanksgiving Feast

A National Day of Thanksgiving - and Prayer

Jael a Wild Goat of a Woman

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor