In accordance with a resolution passed at the 134th Annual Convention, the fourth Sunday of Lent, March 26, 2017, will be recognized in the Diocese of Southern Ohio as Episcopal Relief and Development Sunday. Churches in the diocese are therefore, invited to mark this day with special prayers, bulletin inserts and a dedicated offering to support the organization’s mission of healing a hurting world.

An annual Lenten tradition in the Episcopal Church, Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday is an opportunity for congregations to focus on prayer and action to address global needs.

“On Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday, we focus on how we engage life and the world more deeply, to truly heal a hurting world, to truly pray and work for social, economic and environmental justice and to truly respond to acute human suffering,” said the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. “I invite everyone across our Church, as our Prayer Book says, to the observance ‘of a holy Lent by prayer, fasting and self denial,’ and by works of compassion, justice and mercy, like those carried out through Episcopal Relief & Development.”

Worship resources and a special planning guide for Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday are available for download at

The organization also offers a special Lenten Toolkit at, with links to order Lenten Meditations booklets and other materials from Episcopal Marketplace. Orders should be placed by February 15 to ensure delivery by Ash Wednesday, March 1. Lenten Meditations booklets in English and Spanish are available in print, PDF and daily email formats.

(Excepts from Episcopal News Network)

Toks Ogungbadero serves as diocesan coordinator for Episcopal Relief & Development in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. You can contact him at


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