Dear Saints M&M Family,
It's not too soon to turn our thoughts to Lent, the journey to the cross, and the question that inevitably arises: "How can I take up the cross, deny myself, and follow Jesus all the more closely?"
I'm hoping this year to present, in my Lenten sermons, pictures of the sacrifices our fathers and mothers in the faith made for Jesus in their day. As the second-century Church Father, Tertullian, wrote: "The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church." While we may not be asked to spill our blood for the cause of Christ, are we willing to deny ourselves smaller things in favor of deeper and larger amounts of time spent in prayer and study?
Please be in prayer about the sacrifice(s) the Lord may be leading you to make during the forty days of fasting we call Lent. Please begin now to prayerfully consider what he may be leading you to examine in your life throughout this time of spiritual and corporal fasting.
God bless each of you!
Father Todd Boyce, Vicar
Saints Mary and Martha Anglican Church
Mount Sterling, Kentucky