Monthly Archives: April 2012

Join Ascension!

If you are interested in joining the Church of the Ascension, please consider coming to our Inquirers’ Class. The classes will begin Tuesday, April 10 (from 6:45 to 8 p.m.) and will run for six weeks through Tuesday, May 15. Each week we will look at a different aspect of the Episcopal Church and our …  [ More → ]

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Organ Recital by Tagliavini: May 3rd, 8pm

We are extremely honored to present the great musician Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini in his first U.S. concert in 25 years. Tagliavini, more than anyone else, re-introduced to the musical world the great Italian Baroque organ repertory and the appreciation of the Italian Baroque instruments that remain intact. Because of his profound musicality and influence, he …  [ More → ]

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Historic Centenary Event April 14, 2012

One hundred years ago this Saturday, on April 14, 1912, the son of the founder of the world-wide Baha’i faith, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, spoke publicly for the first time in the United States. At the invitation of the Rector of the Church of the Ascension, The Rev. Dr. Percy Stickney Grant, this historic talk marked the spread …  [ More → ]

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Holy Saturday

In this reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, intimacy jumped out. “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” But why would we? What are we afraid of? To begin with.. [ More → ]

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Good Friday

When I survey the wondrous cross /
On which the Prince of glory died, /
My richest gain I count but loss, /
And pour contempt on all my pride.
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Music for Easter Sunday, 11 am

Prelude:  Fugue in E-flat Major, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Choir Introit:  Gregorian Chant, Surrexit Dominus vere. Alleluia! Gloria in excelsis in B-flat Major, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) Offertory Anthem:  Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) Sanctus (sung in Latin) from Lord Nelson Mass, Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Communion Music:  O Taste and See, …  [ More → ]

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Music for Good Friday

Prelude:  O man, bewail thy grievous sin, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Anthems:  O vos omnes, Tomás Luis de Victoria (ca. 1549-1611) It is a Thing Most Wonderful, Richard Busch (1998) Tenebrae factae sunt, Marc Antonio Ingegneri (ca. 1545-1594) Communion Motet:  Ave verum corpus, Josquin Desprez (ca. 1440–1521)

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Music for Maundy Thursday

Prelude:  Tierce en taille (Pange lingua), Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703) The Heavenly Banquet, Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992) Anthems at the Foot Washing: Dominus Jesus, Pax vobis, In hoc cognoscent omnes, Ubi caritas, Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986) Offertory Anthem:  O sacrum convivium, Thomas Tallis (ca. 1505-1585) Communion Motet:  Tantum ergo, Maurice Duruflé

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Great Choruses presented by Voices of Ascension

On Thursday, April 18th at 8pm Voices of Ascension will perform some of the most beloved of all choral works (such as the Mendelssohn and Ireland works), performed with the polish, care and interpretive depth that can only come from one of the world’s preeminent choral ensembles. Two of the other pieces share the same …  [ More → ]

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Maundy Thursday

Let’s imagine that we are at the Last Supper. The disciples are gathered around Jesus, quietly conversing. They reach across the table to dip their bread, their hands brushing against each other’s hands, sharing the same bowl with him. The mood is solemn, yet comfortable and familiar. It is the holy ritual of the Passover feast that they have celebrated all their lives. Then, into this sacred space…  [ More → ]

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