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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 → ]

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Message for Holy Week & Easter 2015

Every year, our liturgy invites us to walk with Jesus step by step through the last week of his life, into the mystery of death and resurrection. Through the mystical drama of worship, we participate in the enthusiasm of the crowd as Jesus enters Jerusalem in triumph, and then feel how quickly adulation turns to violence. We are washed, fed and loved in the tenderness of Jesus’ last supper. We watch with bewildered and breaking hearts as our Lord dies a criminal’s death on the cross. And we wait and wonder as he passes from death to life, to greet us with overwhelming joy on Easter morning. [ More → ]

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Holy Week and Easter Schedule

The Sunday of the Passion, Palm Sunday, March 29 Blessing and Procession of the Palms 9 a.m. Blessing of Palms 11 a.m. Blessing and Procession of the Palms A reading of the Passion According to Mark 7 p.m. Meditation and Sacrament Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday March 30, 31, April 1st 6 p.m. Holy …  [ More → ]

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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 → ]

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During the Lenten Season …

In addition to the weekday Eucharist services at 6pm and Sunday services at 9am, 11am and 7pm, there are several special programs and activities at Ascension this Lenten Season including the following: Lenten Devotional The Church of the Ascension Lenten Devotional this year is a reprint from 2003. As you complete each day’s readings and …  [ More → ]

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Where Do You Encounter God?

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 → ]

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Mozart Requiem & Coronation Mass March 12th

On Thursday, March 12th at 8 pm Voices of Ascension will perform the Mozart Requiem and Coronation Mass. The soloists are as follows: Soprano Pureum Jo, Mezzo Soprano Teresa Buchholz, Tenor Joseph Dennis and Bass Joseph Beutel. Mozart’s early years were spent in the beautiful, picturesque town of Salzburg, Austria. Here he composed an enormous …  [ More → ]

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A Time of Unlearning

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 → ]

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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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Stephen Tharp Organ Recital February 24th

We are very pleased to present this amazing organist playing a program of major French 19th century organ works: Widor’s Symphony 8 and the Three Chorals of Franck. Organistic yet daringly orchestral, Widor’s Symphonie 8 represents the summit of his ideal for the form. Its scale is monumental, the longest of all of his Symphonies …  [ More → ]

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