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shrive

 (shrīv)
v. shrove (shrōv) or shrived, shriv·en (shrĭv′ən) or shrived, shriv·ing, shrives
v.tr.
1. To hear the confession of and give absolution to (a penitent).
2. To obtain absolution for (oneself) by confessing and doing penance.
v.intr. Archaic
1. To make or go to confession.
2. To hear confessions.

[Middle English schriven, from Old English scrīfan, from Latin scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.]

shriv′er n.
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It started after a woman cooking pancakes heard the shriving bell summoning her to confession.
It takes its name from the shriving (confessing and doing penance to obtain absolution) before Lent begins.
The story goes that a woman was still cooking when she heard the Shriving Bell and ran to church still wearing her apron and clutching her frying pan, complete with pancake.