Merry Christmas

Due to the surge of COVID infections in New York City, we are suspending in-person worship through January 2. Our 11 a.m. services for Christmas Day, the First Sunday after Christmas (Lessons and Carols), and the Second Sunday after Christmas can all be attended online by going to
Please keep our parish and our city in your prayers, and if you are moved to do so, please donate to help make up the shortfall in our offering plate at this time.

Happy Easter!

Join us in person* or online for the Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday at 8 p.m., with Full Choir, Lighting of the New Fire, Renewal of Baptismal Vows, and the first Eucharist of Easter.
On Easter Sunday, the Day of Resurrection, join us at 11 a.m. for a Festal Eucharist with Full Choir, followed by festive Coffee Hour in the Fifth Avenue garden, weather permitting.
*In-person worshipers and visitors must wear face masks and practice safe social distancing.

Ascension is a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive community of people who gather to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, to give praise and thanks to God through the beauty of worship, and to love and serve God and our neighbors.

The Ascension Advent Calendar

In-person worship on Sundays takes place at 9 am, 11 am, and  6 pm.
But if you can’t join us in person, you can watch our 11 am Sunday Eucharist service by using the following link:

During this period of high rates of COVID-19 infections in our city and the surrounding region, please bear with us as we make changes to our schedules for worship and visits by the public. Our clergy and vestry are assessing the situation as it develops and making adjustments as needed. To be added to our mailing list for the latest updates, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Sunday worship

  • 9 am Eucharist (in-person*)
  • 11 am Eucharist, with music (in-person* and as an online webcast)
  • 6 pm Meditation & Sacrament, with music (in-person*)

Weekday worship

  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer (via Zoom;
    link available in the parish newsletter)
  • Wednesdays 6 pm Eucharist
    (in-person*) at the side altar

Open doors

  • The church and front garden are open* most weekdays, Monday through Friday, from noon to 3 pm for personal prayer and reflection.

*In-person worshipers and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face masks and practice safe social distancing.

Parish News:
December 4

The rector writes: “If the first week of Advent is about awakening to watch in the dark, the week to come is about preparing the way. The voices of Isaiah and John the Baptist call us to action — to clear a path through the wilderness, to repent of ways that no longer serve (and maybe never did), to a change of heart and life.” Also: check out our Ascension advent calendar of photos inspired each day by a Bible verse posted to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

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Palm Sunday Procession 2017


Sundays, weekdays, and special holy days, worship is the heart of our life together. It may be what your heart is seeking too.
Come find out! 

Pipes of the Manton Memorial Organ


Be transported by the voices of our classically trained choir, the notes from our world-renowned organ, and the joys of congregational singing.

A food pantry worker


Through volunteer work, advocacy, fundraising and community engagement, we find that faith with good works is a spiritually healthy combination.


Every Sunday, our worship is illuminated by some of the greatest examples of 19th and 20th century American religious art. Come see for yourself.  


Our church building is one of the earliest examples of Gothic Revival — designed by the man who probably did more than any other to create that revival. 


Founded in 1827 on Canal Street, by 1841 Ascension had arrived at its present home in Greenwich Village as the first church on New York’s famous Fifth Avenue.

We live out our faith in many different ways — with children, the hungry, the oppressed, and with each other. Find out more →

God is a verb