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Lapsley Fund: History & how is it used today?

Located in the church on the west end of the south wall is a memorial plaque for David Lapsley, whose family were members of the parish. David died in 1909 and left the the church “the sum of ten thousand dollars, to be known as the David Lapsley Fresh Air Fund… for the purpose of …  [ More → ]

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Voices of Ascension Concert: May 19th

In their last concert of the season Voices of Ascension presents Masters of the Renaissance: The Netherlands School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 8pm. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the richest choral tradition in European history took root in the Low Countries. Renaissance polyphony continued to develop across Europe, but it all began …  [ More → ]

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Arthur Anderson and his Acting Odyssey

The Magnificent Andersons from Life at Ascension, from an interview by Lisa Dunn, Summer, 2010 Can you guess which of our parishioners grew up near a lighthouse, has lived in the West Village since 1936, shared several stages with Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten, witnessed the filming of scenes between Charles Boyer and Marlene Dietrich …  [ More → ]

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Science & Theology April 10, 2016

Our next Forum on Science & Theology: Technos, takes place Sunday, April 10, 2016 after the 11 o’clock service. This is the fifth of six forums led by Dr. Clay Williams, and focuses on the meaning of human tool-making, and especially the impact on the brain and society coming from rapid technological change. Clay is …  [ More → ]

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Episcopalian 101

Want to learn more about the Episcopal Church? Are you interested in being confirmed or received- or wonder what that means? In preparation for Bishop Dietsche’s visit on Ascension Day, Thursday, May 5, we will have “Episcopalian 101” classes on Sundays for all who want to learn more about the particularly Anglican way of following …  [ More → ]

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Resistance Cinema & Ascension Outreach Free Film Series presents …

Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the US. (2012, 68 minutes). Here is a link to the trailer for the film. This documentary film is a powerful indictment of the prison industrial complex and will be shown in our free film series on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, …  [ More → ]

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The Leaves of Life

“All under the leaves and the leaves of life / I met with virgins seven / And one of them was Mary mild / Our Lord’s Mother of Heaven.” This is the first verse of a beautiful carol introduced to me by a devout musician friend in Holy Week. It seemed appropriate to include this with today’s readings not only because of its contrast with Isaiah’s stark prophesy and Psalm 22 but also… [ More → ]

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Do This in Remembrance of Me

As Jesus prepares for his death, his death which he knows is coming, his death which he knows is the fulfilling of scripture, his death which he knows will seal the covenant of God’s unending bond with us as his beloved, Jesus spends his last evening with those he loves. Over the course of the …  [ More → ]

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Holy Week & Easter Services

Join us for the commemorations, confessions, thanksgivings, liturgy, music and celebrations around which the entire rest of the Christian year and life is built: Holy Week and the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Thursday: 7pm. Friday: noon. Saturday: 8pm. Sunday: 9am, 11am, and 7pm. [ More → ]

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Sympathy for the Devil

Odd John just can’t play well with the synoptic kids. He describes Jesus as the bread of life in Capernaum, several chapters before this Passover meal. Here, bread (consecrated?) is primarily used to implicate Judas … by intinction, no less. So for Judas, the first Eucharist becomes a Black Mass. He takes the bread from Jesus, an outward and visible sign… [ More → ]

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