Celebration of New Ministry, May 13th

The Wardens, Vestry and Congregation of The Church of the Ascension in the City of New York invite you to the Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of the Twelfth Rector, The Reverend Elizabeth G. Maxwell at Seven O’Clock in the evening, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. A reception follows in the Parish Hall. Please RSVP …  [ More → ]


The road ahead: the rectory renovation

We’re not quite ready for the “before and after” shots of the Rectory because we are square in the middle of the before!  So here are some pictures of the demolition phase as we prepare the rectory to be a new home for our new rector and get the parlor floor set to be our new meeting …  [ More → ]

One World, One Faith, One God

“In the midst of transition (or change) the work is going to be about creation…about cooperating with God in re-creating ourselves…about becoming more fully what God calls us to be.” — Debra K Farrington, The Seasons of a Restless Heart, as quoted in Mother Shelley’s sermon on stewardship, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Read the full sermon here and learn about the parish’s plans for growth, change and ministry over the next several years. [ More → ]

Ascension’s Twelfth Rector

It is with great pleasure that the wardens and vestry announce that we have called the Reverend Elizabeth G. Maxwell as the twelfth Rector of The Church of the Ascension in the City of New York, and that she has accepted the call. She will take up her duties on January 12, and her first …  [ More → ]


Music for Easter 2015

Music for The Great Vigil of Easter with the Ascension Choir, Dr. Dennis Keene, Choirmaster and Organist, and The Manton Memorial Organ. Anthem (Sung in Latin) Vidi aquam Gregorian Chant Offertory Anthem Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) Communion Anthem Woman, Why Do You Weep? (1978) Bruce Adolphe Postlude Offerte du Veme …  [ More → ]

Just for fun! Lent Madness

Mother Liz told us about this at a recent House Eucharist, and there are only a few more days to play! Act now to be part of www.lentmadness.org. If you missed out, there’s a lengthy archive where you can study up for next year!

Lenten Quiet Day March 21st

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 …  [ More → ]


Where Do You Encounter God?
by The Rev. Elizabeth Maxwell

Where do you encounter God? For faithful Jews of Jesus’ day, and surely Jesus himself was one of them, the ultimate locus of divine/human encounter would have been the Temple in Jerusalem. Beautiful and awe-inspiring, hallowed by prayers and history, focus of the sacrifices commanded in the Torah. It was an obligation and joy to …  [ More → ]

A Time of Unlearning
by The Rev. Elizabeth Maxwell

This year as part of my Lenten practice I am reading a poem every day from the book The Heart’s Time, compiled by the wonderful English liturgist Janet Morley. She says this about poetry, whether written with conscious religious intention or not: “It is common for a poem to examine something familiar in such a …  [ More → ]

Lenten Devotional Booklet
by The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell

Welcome to the 2015 Church of the Ascension Lenten Devotional. This devotional 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. Lent is a deeply spiritual …  [ More → ]