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Lenten Preparations: Shrove Tuesday, Parish Devotional & Ash Wednesday

Join us on February 9th at 6:45pm for a Pancake Dinner, Burning of the Palms, and Compline, right after the 6pm service. Shrove Tuesday is a last hurrah before Lent. After dinner we will burn last year’s palms to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday, and then conclude with Compline. If you have palms, please …  [ More → ]

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Science & Theology Forum by Clay Williams

Listen to the third session of Clay Williams’ Science and Theology forum, Bios, which he led at Ascension on January 10, 2016. Here is a link to the handout he prepared for this forum.  

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Resistance Cinema & Ascension Outreach Free Film Series presents …

“THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING”, a new film (2015) about capitalism vs. climate will be shown in our free film series on Tuesday, February 2nd, 7pm, at the Church of the Ascension Parish House, 12 West 11th Street. Based on Naomi Klein’s book of the same name, it explores whether the climate crisis can be addressed in …  [ More → ]

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Donations for Holiday Toy Drive

Ascension is a partner with the New York Marriott Marquis in the annual Toy Drive for the Children’s Aid Society’s Medical Foster Care program. Thank you to everyone for the contributributions this year. The toys have been picked up will be distributed to the children by the Children’s Aide Society. Many thanks to Tom Rice …  [ More → ]

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New! Photos of Rector Installation

Photos by parishioner Hunter Clark and others from the installation of Ascension’s 12th rector, the Rev. Elizabeth Maxwell, by the 16th bishop of the diocese of New York, the Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, are available here and as part of our Flickr galleries.

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“Where is God leading this place?”

While I have observed many Ascension Days in my life, I honestly don’t think that I’ve ever preached on Ascension Day. Being a lover of liturgical history, it was rather fun boning up on some of the church customs around the feast day. Traditionally, it was on Ascension Day that there was a blessing of …  [ More → ]

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Breathe Deeper, Move More Calmly: Tai Chi at Ascension

Tai Chi classes will be held Thursdays at noon, beginning May 7, in the Parish Hall (12 W. Eleventh Street). Classes are instructed by Dan Baum of Eastern Village Arts; cost is $25 for one class or $75 per month. Call the parish office (212-254-8620) if you are interested or just come to a class …  [ More → ]

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You can help the people of Nepal

We are very glad to learn from our Assistant Sexton, Dawa Sherpa, that his family in Nepal are all OK after the devastating earthquake that has left more than 5,000 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. Please remember the injured, the lost and frightened, the dead and all offering aid in your prayers. If you …  [ More → ]

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Thursday Evening Bible Study

We are studying the Parables of Jesus, using the following text: Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine. Please join us! In order to have a better idea of space needs, please let Fr. Ed know if you are planning to attend. You can email him directly or …  [ More → ]

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2015 Lenten Devotional

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 → ]

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