the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits – Robert Frost
The First United Church of Seguin Methodist Men sponsored a Biscuit Cookoff on Fat Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday) and myohmy, the aroma of biscuits was heavenly . . . and the judges never stopped smiling as they sampled these delicious biscuits. Lucky judges!!
Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the ritual of shriving, when the faithful confessed their sins to the local priest and received forgiveness before the Lenten season began. Historically, Shrove Tuesday also marked the beginning of the 40-day Lenten fasting period when the faithful were forbidden to consume, meat, butter, eggs or milk.
For many Protestant churches, the liturgical season of Lent continues, and this is practiced in the Seguin First United Methodist Church.
The Biscuit Cookoff and Shrove Tuesday begin a time of reflection, prayer, and scripture reading and – for some – fasting. Not that we do not practice these disciplines at other times (and perhaps as a Spiritual Habit), but the Season of Lent places special emphasis on these devotions.
Father in Heaven,
the light of your truth bestows sight
to the darkness of sinful eyes.
May this season of repentance
bring us the blessing of Your forgiveness
and the gift of Your light.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.