Dedication of New Organ: May 1, 4pm

The restored Ascension nave and new pipes of the Manton Memorial Organ

A Service of Dedication of the Manton Memorial Organ will be conducted on Sunday afternoon, May 1, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. and will showcase the new instrument as well as the Ascension choir. The Right Reverend Catherine S. Roskam, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, will preside at the blessing of the organ.

To allow for our own parish community to come together as one, along with the Voices of Ascension audience and donors, as well as clergy and congregants of other churches and religious organizations, this service is being held in the afternoon at 4pm. It will be the only worship service held that day at the Church of the Ascension.

Using words of institution that were used at the last dedication of a new organ at the church in the late 1960s, the rector, wardens and Bishop Roskam will officially receive this generous gift from The Manton Foundation to honor the memory of Sir Edwin Alfred Grenville Manton and Lady Florence Manton, stalwart parishioners, benefactors and friends to the clergy, people and music ministry of the Church of the Ascension for many decades and the mission of the Voices of Ascension since its inception.

All are welcome at this special “Mass and Blessing of the New Organ” worship service, free of charge. To learn more about the inaugural Manton Memorial Organ Festival and the concert series (through June 24), please visit the Voices of Ascension web site for schedule and ticket information.

5 Responses to Dedication of New Organ: May 1, 4pm

  1. Joel Sanders says:

    Can you please comment on the music to be played at the dedication on 1 May?
    Thank you,
    Joel Sanders

  2. michael Miranda says:

    please email me info when Bach will be played on the organ

  3. websexton says:

    @Joel: Sorry, don’t know what happened that the music list wasn’t updated this week. I realize we’re merely an hour and a half away from the service, but the list is there, over on the right, now.
    @Michael: I’ll ask that your name be added to our email mailing list, so that you should get (most weeks) the music for the upcoming Sunday — and hopefully we’ll get better at keeping the list on the right updated anyway!

  4. Tom Castner says:

    Please send me info on your services, add to email lists, any concert/music events, etc,etc.

  5. Kristin Barton says:

    Sir Edwin (Jimmy) Manton was my uncle, my daughter is a church organist (organ scholar at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, England). I am thrilled to learn of this wonderful gift to the Church of the Ascension and should appreciate information on concerts/recitals/special services etc.
    Thank you,
    Kristin Barton

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