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Spiritual reflections during the Great Lent journey published by IOCC

With the season of Great Lent upon the Orthodox Christians, the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has published a printed booklet of weekly reflections on the theme of service as a vocation.

There is a printed booklet but also a digital version where reflections are shared as well as special Lenten recipes submitted by the IOCC supporters.

The Press Release by IOCC

Designed as a resource for Orthodox Christians to use during the Great Fast, the booklet opens with a message on “the work of love” from His Eminence Metropolitan Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas, liaison bishop to IOCC from the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America.

Reflections follow for each Sunday of Lent, penned by IOCC staff members based in the United States and in overseas field offices. The contributors, women and men who have chosen careers in the humanitarian sector, share ways their daily work is an offering of Christian service but also a humbling experience of God’s love for all humankind.

“St. Maximus the Confessor teaches that we find God as we comprehend His love for us and learn to love each other,” His Eminence writes. Each staffer’s brief reflection brings a unique perspective to the idea of service as almsgiving. The personal approach invites readers to collaborate with the women and men of IOCC in service, working to meet the physical and emotional needs of people facing hardship.

IOCC’s print booklet of Lenten reflections can be requested by calling 877.803.4622 (IOCC) or by emailing [email protected].

A digital version is available at

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