During the Lenten Season …

Lenten graphicIn addition to the weekday Eucharist services at 6pm and Sunday services at 9am, 11am and 7pm, there are several special programs and activities at Ascension this Lenten Season including the following:

Lenten Devotional
The Church of the Ascension Lenten Devotional this year is a reprint from 2003. As you complete each day’s readings and writings, we hope you will feel encouraged to sit with God’s words and the words of our current and former fellows from Church of the Ascension.

House Eucharists During Lent
If you would like to participate in a House Eucharist this Lent, signup sheets are in the Parish Hall or you can also speak to one of the clergy.

Lenten Bible Study Open to All!
A Lenten Bible Study focusing on the Prophets. The group will meet Thursday evenings at 7pm, from February 19 through March 26, in the Parish Office. Annotated study bibles will be available to borrow as needed. For more information contact Father Ed. Please prayerfully consider making this practice part of your faith journey in this upcoming season of devotion.

It’s Time to: Stop, Play, Work, Pray, Love
On Sunday mornings in Lent from 10-10:45, come explore our relationship to time as God’s gift. We’ll be using materials developed by the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, and meeting in the parish office upstairs in the parish house. You can subscribe online at http://ssje.org/ssje/time/ to receive a short video reflection every day during Lent which will expand on the five themes of stop, play, work, pray and love. However, we will also start each session with a video leading to a discussion of how we can recover the holiness of time and joy in the present moment. You are welcome to attend all five sessions or simply come when you can. For more information, please speak to the clergy.

Lenten Quiet Day
Always and Everywhere: Exploring the Eucharist. Join us on Saturday, March 21 for a Quiet Day of entering more deeply into our sacrament of Holy Communion. We often forget that the Greek word “Eucharist” actually means “thanksgiving!” Through meditations on scripture and ancient church texts, conversations, and silence, we will be invited to delve into the spiritual and theological roots and dimensions of this central experience of Christian worship. We will gather at 10 am and conclude with an informal Eucharist, finishing by 3 pm. More details to follow. Our leader for the quiet day is the Rev. Susan E Hill, Spiritual Director and Associate Rector of the Church of the Holy Apostles. Susan has taught at Union Theological Seminary and leads workshops and retreats on spirituality and spiritual practices.

Reconciliation of a Penitent
The Reconciliation of a Penitent, commonly called confession, is one of the well-kept secrets of the Book of Common Prayer, and is always available to those who desire it. Some people find that Lent is a particularly meaningful time to make a confession and seek the counsel of a priest. An old Anglican saying about confession is “all may, none must, some should.” For more information or to schedule an appointment, please speak to the clergy.