This Week at Ascension + December 28, 2022

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

Wednesday, December 28

Commemoration of The Holy Innocents

Evening Prayer at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM

In-person and Live-streamed Said Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Unction will be available for those who wish it.


The Most Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ

January 1, 2023

8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer via ZOOM

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

with Organ and Hymns

11:00 a.m. In-person & Live-streamed

Solemn High Mass

The 11 a.m. Order of Worship may be found here.


Image: Detail: Adoration of the Holy Name of Jesus, 1577-1579, El Greco, National Gallery, London

Organ Recital at 3:30 p.m., 

Evensong & Benediction

at 4 p.m.

The Organ Recital and Evensong Order of Worship may be found here.

Upcoming at the Ascension

Feast of The Epiphany

(The Manifestation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Gentiles)

Friday, January 6

Choral Mass at 7 p.m.

The First Sunday after The Epiphany:

The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Sunday, January 8

Sung Mass at 9 a.m.

High Mass 11 a.m.

Organ Recital at 3:30 p.m.

Choral Evensong at 4p.m.

From the Curate

It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed since I first celebrated Christmas with the Ascension community. How odd and wonderful it was to feel like an old pro!

Thank you to all who served at our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day masses, in our choir, on our altar, and in the kitchen. I often remark that a church is only as vibrant as its members, and you all offered a simply luminous Christmas celebration. 

May the blessings of God incarnate, who joined heaven and earth, be upon you this Christmas season and remain with you always.

—Mtr. Murphy-Gill

Giving Tree for RefugeeOne

Thank you to all who took an ornament from our RefugeeOne Giving Tree. There are no more ornaments left! If you were unable to take an ornament and still want to give, you can purchase books for newly arriving Ukrainian children using this link or this one. 

Please bring your gifts (UNWRAPPED) back to Ascension by January 8 (the Sunday after the Epiphany). We’re collecting them on the North wall of St. Michael Hall. Please look for the sign that says “Gifts for Refugee One Here.” 

Please contact Mtr. Murphy-Gill with any questions. 

Read more about the important work of RefugeeOne here.

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 January 1, 2023



Le Saint Nom de Jésus

Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)


At the Entrance Procession

248  ORIEL


At the Offertory



At the Communion

252  LOUEZ DIEU (vss. 1-3, 6)



At the Retiring Procession




Fantaisie et Choral:

Le Saint Nom de Jésus

Charles Tournemire

Choral Mass Setting

Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Communion Service for

Voices in Unison (1924)

Offertory Motet

Ferdinando di Lasso (1592-1636)

In nomine Jesu

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)

8:30 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

Toby Clark and family, Thom Racina, Robert Browning, Natalia & Victor, Dorothy, Betty, David Schrader, Victor Fernandez, Claire Green, Beth Hall, Sue Lenz, Brenda Martins, Lee Gould, Gertrude Isaac, Marty Stenson, Steve Dionne


Birthdays: Nancy G. McChesney, 12/26; Ned Hedley, 12/27;

Fletcher Glen Hedley 12/31/2003


Departed: Catherine Cyan, 12/24/2022; Burton Nelson, 12/21/2022; Sandra Hawtin; Joan Hedley, 12/26/2021; Stacey Elizabeth High, 12/31/2011 


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

Vestry of Church of the Ascension

Ken Kelling, Sr. Warden; LaVerne Rollé Saunders, Jr. Warden;

Ian Barillas-McEntee, Jim Lo Bello, Ken Cozette, Marlea Edinger, Sean Hansen, George Pineda, Joshua Simpson, Sam Sommers, Clerk, Enrique Vilaseco

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.