Gift of Lent

We Invite You to God’s Chosen Fast

Matthew 25 Initiative

Anglican Relief and
Development Fund

Isaiah 58:6–8

“Is not this the fast that i choose:
 to loose the bonds of wickedness,
 to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free…
to share your bread with the hungry
 and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
 and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn
Archbishop Foley Beach:
Throughout the Church’s history, Christians have given alms as a lenten discipline, following Christ’s command to love the lost and least. During Lent, the Anglican Church in North America encourages you to make giving central to your Lenten fast.


The Trinity Mission
Daily Prayer with the Rev. Michael Jarrett
of the Trinity Mission

March 17

Morning Prayer

Officiant: The Rev. Canon Dr. David Wilson

Evening Prayer


Stories of sacrificial giving that bring hope, at home and around the world.

Trinity on the Border

A Matthew 25 Initiative grant recipient, Trinity on the Border is a chapel and outreach ministry working along the South Texas/Mexico border. They provide healthcare as well as pastoral and sacramental ministry to the poor and to detained asylum-seekers. Trinity on the Border is partnering with various ministries on both sides of the border that serve immigrants, the poor, and the deaf.

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Ghana Youth Vocational Training

Through a partnership with ARDF, the Diocese of Accra will build a Youth Development Center, where vocational and spiritual training will provide young people aged 17-25 with opportunities and hope. To develop job skills, training will include technical and computer skills as well as adult education. The center will also offer recreational facilities, a community library, and a youth savings and credit cooperative.

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Leaders from across the province share stories of disciples who are living a life of submission to God’s chosen fast.


Rev. Dr. Benjamin Fischer

Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church

“Is not this the fast that I choose… to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?

There are few burdens so heavy and so difficult to explain as the loss of a child before he or she ever takes a breath. Yet, one in four women will suffer a known miscarriage or stillbirth.

Six years ago, James and Stephanie Robledo were excitedly making space in their home and hearts for a new baby, when misgivings sent them to their doctor for a checkup. They remember the blur of faint hope, fear, and confusion until the doctor soberly announced, “You’ve lost the baby.”

Anyone who has heard those words knows the momentary inability to make sense of them, or to receive other well-meaning comments like, “These things happen,” or “You can try again.” As James and Stephanie were sharing their pain with another couple, they began wondering aloud: What could offer real comfort? What could begin to loosen the straps of the yoke and free families from the oppression of unexpressed grief?

From those conversations, they joined together in David’s Hope Pregnancy Loss Ministry. David’s Hope began by helping families acknowledge that in a miscarriage, parents have suffered the loss of a life and of a particular hope. Through the gift of “memory boxes,” which contain a Certificate of Life along with small gifts, the ministry provides tools to make concrete the often unnamed and unarticulated hope that has been cut short. Like a fear that has been named and lost its terror, this concretizing of grief is a way to begin healing.

Through the boxes, David’s Hope has become known for understanding this unique loss and connecting families with the One who knows and heals every hurt. When they could be enjoying entertainment or relaxing on a weekend, these Redeemer parishioners pour out their lives, time, and resources to provide counseling, visit hospitals, conduct memorials, and share wisdom with pastors who feel inadequate to comfort their grieving parishioners. They are living the fast, undoing the straps of the yoke.



The Good of Giving Up

The Rev. Aaron Damiani

Each Friday, we will feature a passage from The Good of Giving Up: Discovering the Freedom of Lent by Aaron Damiani, rector of Immanuel Anglican Church in Chicago. The book provides a historical, theological, and practical introduction into the season of Lent. Woody Allen is quoted as saying, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” The same is true when it comes to showing generosity in Lent. Generosity does not start with a transfer of funds. That is likely only to reinforce feelings of inferiority and shame of the recipient as well as a savior complex of the giver. Generosity in the name of Jesus starts with our personal presence, which allows us to see our neighbors who might otherwise be invisible to us. John Ortberg calls this “the proximity factor.” So much comes down to where we spend our time. “Allow yourself to see need,” Ortberg writes, “and eventually you’ll want to help. Maintain your distance, and you probably won’t.” Where do you generally hang out? What roads do you take to work? Which restaurants do you frequent, which parks do you visit, and which neighbors do you notice? With whom do you mingle?... For you, Lenten generosity might begin with the weekly discipline of personal presence to the people you are prone to ignore. You might consider walking around your neighborhood, with a friend or two, and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to take notice and pray for the people on your block. Or you might choose to volunteer at your local library, school, hospital, nursing home, or consignment shop. When someone asks you for money spend time talking with them. Treat them as an equal. You might even consider taking them to lunch. And if your church has a generosity fund for the needy, contribute as you’re able. Yes, this may be inconvenient. Personal presence is much costlier than simply giving money. My friends Joe and Carrie, who regularly lead mission trips to Southeast Asia, refer to this as having an “interruptible life.” Naturally, we Westerners do not appreciate interruptions. But every mundane moment that we love Christ in our neighbor is worthwhile. Adapted from The Good of Giving Up: Discovering the Freedom of Lent by Aaron Damiani (©2017). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission.

Art Spotlight

Each week, we will highlight the work of an artist engaging with Lenten themes.
This week:

Ana Maria Pacheco

Shadows of the Wanderer

[Art credit: Ana Maria Pacheco, Shadows of the Wanderer, 2008. Polychromed limewood, 260 × 390 × 605 cm. Installation view at Norwich Cathedral, 2010. Photo: Pratt Contemporary Art.] Suffering plays heavily into the oeuvre of Brazilian-born artist Ana Maria Pacheco, whose paintings, prints, and sculptures often tell stories of fleeing or capture. Shadows of the Wanderer, for instance, shows ten darkly robed figures glimpsing up, down, and sideways in fear, while in their midst a young man struggles to carry an older man on his shoulders. These two central figures, carved from a single piece of limewood, are a visual reference to an iconic scene from Virgil’s Aeneid, where the hero Aeneas carries his lame father out of the burning city of Troy; not only is his home destroyed, but he later finds out his wife was killed in the invasion. Virgil wrote this epic in the first century BC about a war fought many centuries earlier, but it spoke to the contemporary climate in Rome, which was wracked by civil war. It seems that of war and political upheaval, violence and displacement, there is no end. Pacheco’s sculpture group urges us to consider the plight of modern-day refugees fleeing places of destruction, bearing enormous loss. The fact that it has been exhibited in churches, including Norwich and Chichester cathedrals, makes the challenge all the more pointed: Will the church be a light to the many displaced families who have arrived, or are trying to arrive, on our nation’s shores? The Art Spotlights have been selected by Victoria Emily Jones, who blogs at, seeking to connect Christians to the rich visual, literary, and musical artworks of the church’s past and present. She is currently working on a chapter for the forthcoming book Neo-Calvinism and the Visual Arts, and has just released a Stations of the Cross audio tour of works from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Follow her on Twitter @artandtheology.