This year, as we head toward the journey of Lent, we are trying something different.
In the tradition of Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday, we are hosting a celebration here at the church.
“Mardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday,” is the last day of a season called “Carnival.”
The Carnival season is characterized by merrymaking, feasting, and dancing. Mardi Gras is the culmination of festivities and features parades, and masquerades. Carnival is typically celebrated in Catholic countries of southern Europe and Latin America.
The excess of Carnival may not seem to have much in common with the austerity of Lent, but the two seasons are inseparable.
The day after Fat Tuesday is Ash Wednesday; therefore, the end of Carnival is followed immediately by the beginning of Lent.
Lent is a time of fasting and penance in preparation for Easter. Carnival, then, can rightly be seen as the indulgence before the fast. It is one last “binge” before having to give something up for 40 days.”
This year, Preston Hollow is going to celebrate Fat Tuesday in grand style. We will feast on red beans and rice, fried fish, grilled chicken, gumbo and king cake. After you have eaten your fill of all the delectables, you are invited to begin your Lenten journey by receiving ashes on your forehead as you leave the church and go into the world. We are combining Fat Tuesday with Ash Wednesday, so there will be no Wednesday night service, everything will happen on Tuesday night.
Please come and be a part of this celebration and also the somber reminder of Lent as you receive the mark of ashes.
Dr. Thomas W. Waitschies
United Methodist Church of Preston Hollow