With a wonderful evening of feasting on pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, and three very moving services of Ash Wednesday, Lent is in full swing here at Ascension. This year, we have a very special opportunity to come together for some Lenten devotional reading, breaking bread, fellowship, and prayers. Starting tonight, Deacon Tim Dunbar is beginning a reading group at the parish as a Lenten offering. The book chosen for this time of reading and devotion is by Japanese author Shusaku Endo. His novel "Silence" is one of the most celebrated novels of modern Japanese literature and it has recently been made into a powerful film by Martin Scorsese. I was personally floored by the power of this novel and what it speaks to in terms of our Christian faith and the history of our Christian brothers and sister in far away lands.
Here is a review for the novel taken from Amazon:
Seventeenth-century Japan: Two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to a country hostile to their religion, where feudal lords force the faithful to publicly renounce their beliefs. Eventually captured and forced to watch their Japanese Christian brothers lay down their lives for their faith, the priests bear witness to unimaginable cruelties that test their own beliefs. Shusaku Endo is one of the most celebrated and well-known Japanese fiction writers of the twentieth century, and Silence is widely considered to be his great masterpiece.
Deacon Tim Dunbar
We will gather tonight at 6pm for dinner and book discussion. Following this, we will move to the sanctuary and pray the Stations of the Cross, a time honored and powerful Lenten devotion that follows the passion of Jesus from his condemnation to his burial. The book discussion, dinner, and Stations of the Cross will continue for three more Fridays. If you have not had a chance to start the book, no need to worry. The parish has extra copies for you to take home. More than anything, come, enjoy the company and enter the conversation. Break bread and share fellowship and prayers as we move through this Lenten season together.
Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions. But the important thing is to show up ready to pray, to share in fellowship, and to learn and grow together this season of Lent.
Blessings and peace in Christ our Lord,
Silence Reading Group
Stations of the Cross
Church of the Ascension
600 Gilpin St. Denver, CO, 80218