Episcopal Relief & Development’s Lenten Devotional Available Now

January 11, 2010

Episcopal Relief & Development is pleased to announce the publication of the 2010 Lenten Meditations booklet. Written and designed by Sister Claire Joy of the Community of the Holy Spirit in New York, the devotional features daily readings with the theme “Healing ourselves and a hurting world.”

“We are very grateful to Sister Claire Joy and the Community of the Holy Spirit for the generous gift of her time and talent in producing the 2010 Lenten Meditations,” said Rob Radtke, Episcopal Relief & Development President. “During this season of self-examination, we trust that these inspired words will encourage Episcopalians to reflect on their lives and how they might act to help those in need around the world.”

The devotional and other Lenten materials can be ordered from Episcopal Books and Resources (EBaR) at 1.800.903.5544 or by visiting http://www.episcopalrelief.org/Lent. Orders should be placed by Monday, February 8, to ensure delivery by Ash Wednesday, February 17.

Downloadable Spanish and English versions of the devotional are available on the agency’s Lenten Resources web page at http://www.episcopalrelief.org/Lent. In addition, readers can sign up to receive the daily meditations by email.

At the 2009 General Convention, Lent was officially designated as a time to encourage all Episcopalians to remember and support the life-saving work of Episcopal Relief & Development. Dioceses, congregations and individuals are invited to commemorate Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on February 21 or another convenient Sunday during Lent.

“We ask Episcopalians to join together throughout Lent to pray for those who live in poverty worldwide,” said Brian Sellers-Petersen, Director of Church Engagement at Episcopal Relief & Development. “This event is also an opportunity to observe the traditional Lenten practice of almsgiving by caring for our brothers and sisters in need.”

Additional resources for Lent and for Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday, including a bulletin insert, sermon notes and special prayers, are available at http://www.episcopalrelief.org/Lent.

To support Episcopal Relief & Development’s work, please visit www.episcopalrelief.org or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States and an independent 501(c)(3) organization. The agency takes its mandate from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Together with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners, Episcopal Relief & Development strengthens communities today to meet tomorrow’s challenges. We rebuild after disasters and empower people by offering lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.