Fast to Feed Hungry Children – A Lenten message from Bishop Chilton Knudsen


Dear rectors, vicars and priests in charge,

bishop-chilton-300x175Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are sometimes called the three pillars of Lent. They reach across centuries of Christian observance of this time of preparation for Holy Week.

I am inviting you and your people to join us in the Diocese of Maryland to pray, fast and give to a specific children’s program of Episcopal Community Services of Maryland, The Club at Collington Square. This school program for children in Baltimore extends into the summer.

More than one in five children in Maryland live in homes where no one is sure where the next meal is coming from. It’s called food insecurity. That number is higher in Baltimore. ECSM offers a daily nutritional meal to children that may be the only healthy food they get each day.

This Lent I’d like us to think about what we eat and what fasting means. I’d like us to pray for those in our communities who don’t have enough to eat, especially the children. And I’d like us to take the money we save from not eating that meal and give it to ECSM.

Each week on our diocesan website we’ll post information that will help deepen your knowledge of this need. The social ills from poor nutrition end up in obesity, diabetes and other health issues that will affect us all.

I suspect you have Lenten programs already in place. This is an opportunity for each of us to do something in the privacy of our homes, to practice a holy Lent, and give to those in need. I hope you will join me.


The Rt. Rev. Chilton R. Knudsen
Assistant Bishop of Maryland

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