Fat Tuesday I get what with all the pre-Lent partying. However, where does Shrove Tuesday come from?
Found this in something called the Catholic encyclopedia:
The English term “shrovetide” (from “to shrive”, or hear confessions) is sufficiently explained by a sentence in the Anglo-Saxon “Ecclesiastical Institutes” translated from Theodulphus by Abbot Aelfric about A.D. 1000: “In the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him as he then may hear by his deeds what he is to do [in the way of penance]”.
Number 1 tune on the Christian Rock Charts this week:
At Buzzy’s we will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday with a liquid diet of beer and shots. As for confession and making Lenten resolutions, we may not get that “shriven.”