This Week at Ascension + February 22, 2023

"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." - Psalm 96

Ash Wednesday,

February 22, 2023

The Liturgy of Ash Wednesday will be observed at 7 a.m. & 12 p.m. (said liturgy)

and at 7 p.m. (solemn liturgy with the Choir of the Ascension)

Ashes will be imposed at all liturgies.

Saint Matthias the Apostle,

Friday, February 24

Said Mass at Noon

Stations of the Cross following the Mass.

(12:30 p.m. on this Friday only. See below for more information.)

The First Sunday in Lent

February 26, 2023

7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer via ZOOM

9 a.m. Sung Mass

11 a.m. In-person & Live-streamed High Mass

The 11 a.m. bulletin may be found here.

Image: Temptation of Christ, George Cornicelius (1825-1898)



Click to join us VIA YOUTUBE


Offerings for Prayer and Spiritual Growth

for the Season of Lent

Book Study Sundays, beginning March 5:

Entering the Passion of Jesus

Beginning the second Sunday of Lent, March 5, following the Solemn High Mass, we will begin our preparation for Holy Week by prayerfully studying the Passion of Jesus. New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine will be our guide for this journey, as we’ll be using her book, Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week for our study. Copies are available at the church. Suggested donation is $5. You can also purchase a copy on your own from an independent bookseller through Bookshop or find a copy on Amazon.

Personal Reading and Devotion on Beauty

This Sunday, you will find selections of John O’Donohue’s book Beauty available for devotional reading along with reflection questions and prayer prompts prepared by Mtr. Murphy-Gill. You can sign up to receive one of these packets as a downloadable PDF by emailing her. (If you’ve already reached out, you can expect your copy on Friday). Please note that this packet is for personal devotion and prayer and will not serve as our Lenten formation program this year. Mtr. Murphy-Gill is available for one-on-one conversation about it. This book is also available on Audible read by the author.

Lenten Quiet Morning, March 18, 8 a.m. - Noon

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” I Cor., 6:19

​Join Ascension parishioner Gary Alexander in this mini-retreat which will explore ways that meditation and increased physical awareness can deepen our Lenten journey and open ourselves spiritually and bodily to the Resurrection. 


Stations of the Cross

on the Fridays of Lent at 12 p.m.

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

& April 7 (Good Friday)


Vestry Retreat

On Sunday, 26 February, the Rector, Wardens, and Vestry of the Church of the Ascension will gather in Saint Michael Hall for a retreat. We will be organizing, planning, and laying the groundwork for the year. We will begin at 1:00 PM with a light lunch.

Prayer Requests

Do you have a need for special prayer in your life? Whether your prayer needs are because you have an upcoming surgery, an ill family member, or you’re just feeling particularly lonely lately, Fr. Heard and Mtr. Murphy-Gill would like to know.

We’ve created a way for letting us know about your requests for prayers in a way we hope makes it easy for you to reach out, though you can always call the church or reach out to one of the priests personally. 

Share your prayer requests here.

Organ and Choral Repertoire for February 26, 2023

At the Entrance Procession

The Great Litany in Procession

At the Offertory



At the Communion



At the Retiring Procession


Organ Voluntaries are omitted on the Sundays in Lent.


Choral Mass Setting

William Walton (1902-1983)

Missa brevis (1966)

Offertory Motet

B.E. (Brittney Elizabeth) Boykin

Ave Maria (2021)


Communion Motet

Kathryn Rose (b. 1980)

Angelis suis (2018)

Chanted Mass Propers from the

Graduale Romanum

Between Masses, please don’t forget that The Choir of the Ascension has recorded upwards of 60 tracks that you can listen to anywhere you have an internet connection. They can be found here:

Ascension Connections
(with your click and God's help)
Participate in Ascension masses at our YouTube Channel. (Look for other connections options soon.)
Meeting ID:
792 031 7452
Password: 1133
Join-by-Phone Option: (312) 626-6799

Weekly Ascension Schedule

For connections:

via Zoom (click here)


7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer via Zoom

9:00 a.m. In-person Sung Mass

11:00 a.m. In-person and Live-Streamed Solemn High Mass



7:30 A.M. Morning Prayer via FACEBOOK LIVE

6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer via Zoom


6:30 p.m. Said Mass



For our prayers: Mary W., Ruby Woods, Tyler, David S. Jones, Elsa Pineda,

Richard Francis Tracz, Thom Racina, Robert Browning, Natalia & Victor, Dorothy, David Schrader, Victor Fernandez, Claire Green, Beth Hall, Sue Lenz, Brenda Martins, Lee Gould, Gertrude Isaac, Marty Stenson, Steve Dionne



Courtney Walsh, 2/22; Joseph Basil Gauss BSG, 2/25



Ann McKee, Salvador Galavis, Clark Allan Montgomery, 2/22/2003;

Geraldine Wilbur Ruhling, 2/22/2005; Laurence (Larry) P. Myers, 2/22/2018;

Rosario Vargas, 2/24/2012; Nancy Alice Holub, 2/25/1994

Prayers are especially requested for the repose of the soul of Ruth Schram,

the sister-in-law of Timothy and Mary Jane Kowalski


Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them;

May their souls and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

The Rev. Thomas Heard, Interim Rector

The Rev. Meghan Murphy-Gill, Curate

Reach Out To Us

Wardens and Vestry of Church of the Ascension

LaVerne Rollé Saunders, Sr. Warden;

David Reeves, Jr. Warden;

Ian Barillas-McEntee, Jim Lo Bello, Ken Cozette, Marlea Edinger, Sean Hansen,

David A. Robertson, Elizabeth Simpson, Joshua Simpson, Sam Sommers, Clerk

Susan Schlough, Treasurer

Br. Nathanael Deward Rahm BSG, Parish Office


Approved minutes of Vestry meetings are always available online to parishioners who request the link. If you would like Internet access to these Vestry Minutes, please email the Parish Office and request the link. Once you access the web page, you can read all recent Vestry meeting minutes.

The link remains live indefinitely. Any parishioner who has the link will not need to request a new link from month to month.