International Orthodox Christian Charities Publishes Lenten Reflections on Service 


Staffers Offer Perspectives on Vocation of Service to Others


Baltimore, Md. (March 20, 2019) – With the season of Great Lent upon us, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has published a printed booklet of weekly reflections on the theme of service as a vocation.

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


International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is the humanitarian and development agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has provided more than $661 million in humanitarian relief and sustainable development programs in over 60 countries worldwide. Today, IOCC applies its expertise in humanitarian response to human-caused and natural crises in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, offering assistance based solely on need. Follow us @IOCCRelief on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.