A Day to Remember Those in Need and Daily Lenten Practice

At the 2009 General Convention, Lent was officially designated as a time to encourage dioceses, congregations, and individuals to remember and support the life-saving work of Episcopal Relief & Development.

Episcopal Relief and Development has invited all of us to join together on Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday (February 21, 2021), and throughout the Lenten season, to pray and support those living in need.

Episcopal Relief & Development is working around the world to help children achieve their full potential through the One Thousand Days of Love campaign. Worldwide, 155 million children under six are not reaching appropriate milestones due to inadequate nutrition and health care. This campaign helps children by providing access to clean water, hygiene, sanitation, and reducing the impact of disasters, and building resilience. Learn more online about One Thousand Days of Love episcopalreleif.org.

This campaign begins in the season of Lent—and so as Lent approaches this year, We Lament.

We lament all those whose lives were lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hearts break for all of the people who are no longer with us. We also lament other losses that include jobs and livelihoods, the opportunity to travel to visit loved ones, and the ability to worship together in our church buildings. So much was lost, with little or no time to lament that which was lost. Because of the magnitude of these collective losses, the theme for these 2021 Lenten meditations is lament. You may meditate on daily reflections with the Four Steps of Lament by resting, reflecting, repenting, and ultimately being restored to God and to one another. Subscribe for daily emails or download a pdf.

This Lent, may God restore your soul by bringing you into the bright new life that is our Easter promise. And may you continue to know that you are loved now and always.

The Reverend Robin O. Sands, Deacon