This Week at Ascension + January 4, 2023

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

Wednesday, January 4

Christmas Feria Mass

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 Epiphany:

The Manifestation of

Our Lord Jesus Christ

to the Gentiles

Friday, January 6, 2023

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

In-person and Live-streamed

Choral Mass at 7 p.m.

The 7 p.m. Order of Worship may be found here.


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

The First Sunday after the Epiphany:

The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ

January 8, 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 followed by the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.

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


David White

Organ Recital

at 3:30 p.m., 

Choral Evensong

at 4 p.m.

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

From the Interim Rector

The Feast of the Epiphany happens this week. We’ll have a choral mass at 7:00 PM on Friday, 6 January. There’s a lot going on with this feast. It’s the thirteenth day after Christmas Day, the end of Christmastide. It is officially okay to take down your Christmas decorations. That is, of course, unless you turn your Christmas tree into a Mardi Gras tree. It is the commemoration of the arrival of the magi to Bethlehem; their arrival was probably not for some time. That’s what’s behind Herod’s Holy Innocents genocide of all male Children two years of age and younger. Epiphany is the day we commemorate Jesus’ being made known to the non-Jewish world. It is also called the Theophany, the revelation of a divine being. 

At the mass, we’ll bless chalk for you to take home to mark the lintel of your house and bless it for the coming year. The marking is “20 + C + M + B + 23”. I guess you can figure out the 20 and 23 part of it. The liturgy calls out the apocryphal names of the wise men, but C + M + B also stands for “Christus mansionem benedicat”, meaning “May Christ Bless this House”.

The Season after the Epiphany through Lent  is an opportunity for each of us to spend time with Jesus. We can choose any number or multiple ways to do that. Some will be drawn to studying scripture, others to meditation over the lessons for each day; some may find their place in writing or mystical contemplation. Whatever path you might choose, taking advantage of this ‘quiet’ time in the year can reap enormous benefits. The more we immerse ourselves in Jesus’ life, the more we are apt to find his way inculcated in our very being. Said another way, it is one way that we can become more like Jesus. I think that’s something for which we all should strive.

—Fr. Thomas Heard

St Anthony of Padual Food Pantry

Food Pantry, Saturday, January 7

We will again gather to assemble bags of shelf-stable groceries and personal items for our neighbors in need. We begin filling bags in St. Michael Hall at 9:00 am and start distributing them at 11 a.m. We need the most help between 9:00 and 11 am, but welcome your help for however long you are able to stay.

Come be the hands, heart, and feet of Christ in our own neighborhood, and enjoy some fellowship as well.

Mental Health 101

and De-escalation Techniques

On January 14, 2023, St. Peter's - Belmont will host a Deanery-wide training in mental health 101 and crisis de-escalation techniques. Taking this training is one very practical way for us to become more skilled at loving all our neighbors, including those dealing with mental health disturbances when they join us in worship or come by the church. This will also give us skills for helping people we meet in our daily lives. I think these would be great skills for our ushers.


If you think you’d be interested please speak with Fr. Heard.

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 8, 2023


Christ unser Herr

zum Jordan kam BWV 684

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


At the Entrance Procession





At the Offertory

419 MENDON (9 a.m.)




At the Communion



At the Retiring Procession




Fantasia on Engelberg  [1910]

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford


Choral Mass Setting

Ramona Luengen (b. 1960)

Missa Brevis (1994)

Offertory Motet

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Menschen, glaubt doch dieser Gnade and Das Aug allein from Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam, BWV 7

Communion Motet

Daniel Pinkham (1923-2006)

Thou Hast Loved Righteousness (1964)

Chanted Mass Propers from the

Graduale Romanum

See also Orders of Worship for Friday, January 6 and Sunday, January 8 above.


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: Elsa Pineda, Elizabeth Felicetti, Celeste Kennel-Shank,

Richard Francis Tracz, Carol Eichorn, 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: Micah Meadowcroft, 1/5; Elaine Wilson, 1/6;

Rod Luery, 1/7; Sonja Smith, 1/7


Departed: Catherine Cyran, 12/24/2022; Burton Nelson, 12/21/2022;

Sandra Hawtin; Charles Borin, 1/5/2000; Robert Richard Bolt, 1/5/2018;

Robert T. Brotherton, 1/6/2000


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.