St. Alban the Martyr

Vicar's Letter Lent

25 Feb 2018 • General news

Lent has traditionally been a time of fasting and abstinence. Many Christians today use it as a time for taking up something new rather that giving something up. You might for example come to our Sunday evening service during Lent. With Fairtrade fortnight coming up I would also like to suggest that we think about ethical buying and particularly buying some items Fairtrade. “Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love. We do this by changing the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fair deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.” It does this by setting “..social, economic and environmental standards .. for both companies and the farmers and workers who grow the food we love. For farmers and workers the standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, for companies they include the payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects of the community’s choice.”

Lent gives us the chance to turn to God in many ways. Lent grew out of the preparations for baptism and the reconciliation of penitents but grew to encompass the whole charuch. It should be a particularly prayerful time, a chance to reset our relationship with God before the great feast of Easter. Fasting does have a place to play in our relationship with God but it has to be more that giving up something trivial.

So use this period of Lent to draw closer to God and prepare for the great feast to come.