Spirituality & the Arts Forum April 30th

Please join us for the next Sunday forum in our series featuring members of our parish who make art in a variety of media. The forum takes place after the 11am service. Our hope is to explore how making art expresses and forms our spirituality, and perhaps along the way to ponder what it means …  [ More → ]


Help Build a Mill in Haiti

Ascension will be donating $1,000 from its budget to help build a mill in Matel, Haiti, so that a new Episcopal school will become self-sustaining by grinding local farmers’ millet and corn. We invite friends of the parish to learn more and join us in this endeavor; the amount needed to finish the building is $2,000. [ More → ]

Capital Campaign Update

We are overjoyed to report that we have exceeded our stretch goal of $800,000 for Building Our Future, our capital campaign to restore the rectory. As of March 1, we have raised $801,730! We wish to thank everyone who has given so generously to the future of this parish! If you have not yet pledged, …  [ More → ]

Spirituality and the Arts

This new series begins next Sunday, February 12, after the 11 am service. Over the next year, we are launching an occasional forum series featuring members of our parish who make art in a variety of media, as well as some guest presenters. Our hope is to explore how making art expresses and forms our …  [ More → ]


Centering Prayer Wednesday mornings

The Centering Prayer group meets every Wednesday morning from 7:30–8:15 a.m. All are welcome! Join us in contemplative silent prayer with friends in the presence of God. Enter through the Chapel doors to the right of the Church entrance on Fifth Avenue in the middle of the block between 10th and 11th Streets.

“Tantric Jesus” Author to Preach April 23

On Sunday, April 23, the Rev. Dr. James Reho will be with us at Ascension to preach and lead a forum on his new book, Tantric Jesus, following the 11 a.m. service. His book explores resonances between early/Eastern Christian spirituality and Indian and Tibetan Tantra. From the book’s Forward, by noted Creation Spirituality theologian the …  [ More → ]

Happy Easter!

At the Church of the Ascension, we celebrate the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ year-round, at every service. But we celebrate the event of the resurrection, particularly, during Eastertide, and especially at the first four Eucharists held at the conclusion of Holy Week. Here’s some of what you can expect.  [ More → ]


Sermon – Easter Sunday 2017
by The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [ More → ]

Sermon – Easter Vigil 2017
by Shana Kaplanov, Seminarian

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

Holy Saturday
by Judith Sands

It is difficult if not impossible for me to imagine the depth of the desolation of Jesus’ disciples, friends and followers on this day, particularly perhaps after night had fallen. They lost a beloved leader, under circumstances which seemed to negate entirely his message. He had died a cruel and degrading death at the hands of the Romans with the connivance of the established powers of their own nation. [ More → ]