The season of Lent has begun this week, where Christians throughout the world are taking time to remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in personal consecration. Here on UniteBoston, we want to share “Lenten Meditation” for you, which is a song composed by Daniel Faris and music video by local video producer Luke Zvara.
Luke describes: “Daniel Faris first wrote “Lenten Meditation” for a mid-day Lent service at Park Street Church a couple years ago. Last spring he and I began talking about creating a music video for one of the songs off his new album (a collection of his own arrangements of a number of hymns). “Lenten Meditation” stood out to me, not just because it was an original piece, but because it had a haunting beauty and emotional depth to it. Daniel wrote it while reflecting on Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, incorporating “descending” musical patterns that reflected the tears of Christ. I wanted to create a video that complimented the reflective nature of the song by adding symbolic images to the music, but that also told a story; a story about the brokenness and sin that made Christ weep in the Garden, but also a story that gave a glimpse of the hope his suffering brings. It’s our hope that the music and the video serve as a catalyst for prayer and reflection this Lent season.”
On Left – Daniel Faris is a New England-based violinist, who has spent the last 10 years studying and working in the Boston area. He has also been traveling as performer on cruise ships with Lincoln Center Stage. He has attended Park Street Church since 2013, and has been privileged to be an active part of the music ministry there. He would love to see the global impact a vibrant Christian community can have as so many different people come through the city.
On Right – Luke Zvara is a freelance filmmaker in the Greater Boston Area and a member of Park Street Church. He longs to see Christian artists thriving and serving the church in Boston.
We also want to share a Lenten resource with you, provided by the Race & Christian Community Initiative at the Emmanuel Gospel Center. RCCI director Megan Lietz describes, “Racism and its impact is deeply embedded in our society, and yet through ongoing repentance and the grace of God, we can experience the healing power of the resurrection.”
An American Lent is a 40-day devotional that can be used by individuals or small groups to reflect on the ways our nation has upheld racism with a focus on the Atlantic slave trade and its legacy. Read it here.