This Week at Ascension + August 11, 2021

"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." - Psalm 96
The newsletter content below is identical to the one sent earlier this afternoon. However, this one has working links to the Mass Order of Worship.
This evening, Wednesday, August 11
Commemoration of Clare,
Abbess at Assisi

6:30 p.m. In-person & Live-streamed Mass

Image: Claire with monstrance, traditional prayer card

Sunday, August 15, 2021

The Feast of St. Mary the Virgin or
The Assumption, or The Dormition

9:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer via ZOOM
10:00 a.m. In-person & Live-streamed Solemn High Choral Mass
followed by a recitation of the rosary
at the shrine of Mary

Image: The Assumption rosary window, Church of the Ascension

... Sunday, August 15, continued ...

3:30 p.m. - Organ Recital
Ascension organist David White
Repertoire below

4:00 p.m. - Choral Evensong
& Benediction of the
Blessed Sacrament
Choir of the Ascension
music from the Short Service
Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

Join us in-person at Ascension or

Image: Our Lady of the Sign, Ark of the Covenant monstrance at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Chicago

Sunday 3:30 p.m. organ recital repertoire

Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
Vèpres des fêtes de la Sainte Vierge, op. 18

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) 
Pastorella  BWV 590
Partite diverse sopra il Corale: 
Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig  BWV 768

From the Rector
BVM @ Ascension

Dear people of Ascension,
On Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, widely known among Roman Catholics and Anglo-Catholics as the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. I hope you will join us, of course, including for the afternoon organ recital followed by Choral Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament (the first 'E&B' in 18 months).

I also hope that some of you may value learning or being reminded of a few Ascension features -- architecture, rites and prayers, touched on below -- prominent in our history and identity and meant to heighten our Marian appreciation, devotion and piety, as one means of strengthening and sustaining our Christian faith.

The Assumption window is one of 15 windows (designed and rendered in groups of three) along the north wall of the church. Did you know that these windows represent the traditional 15 'decades of the rosary? The windows were created and installed in the 1960s.
Ascension's Mary shrine was a gift to the parish by Fr. Edward Allen Larrabee, the parish's 10th Rector (1884-1909). The shrine, a memorial to Fr. Larrabee's mother, Mary Ann Larrabee (1827-1912), was placed and dedicated in the early 1920s. Fr. Larrabee died, by the way, in June 1924. Four years later the shrine to St. Michael, Archangel, Ascension's patron, was placed and dedicated as a memorial to Fr. Larrabee.
Did you know? Money offered at the shrine of Mary is given through an unmarked slot at the foot of the image of Mary. And — you may wonder — where does it go? Believe it or not, it falls through a chute into a simple container behind locked doors in the unfinished church undercroft, where it is periodically collected. 
Sunday’s mass will include a traditional Blessing of the Herbs at the shrine of Mary, in conjunction with other prayers there. The planter of herbs shown in the photo on the right has already been prepared, and a separate basket will be placed in the narthex to receive your offerings of herbs, or suitable produce or foliage from your own garden, or your other outdoor or indoor green thumb endeavors. The offerings will be taken to the shrine at the start of the mass and will be included in the Blessing of the Herbs.
Other significant Mary images at Ascension include not only the shrine in the nave at the rood screen and representations in the rosary windows but also Our Lady of Victory, in the parish garden, and Our Lady of Walsingham, in the church narthex.
The Society of Mary is, according to the society’s web home page “… one of several Catholic devotional societies within the Anglican tradition, honoring Her whom God has honored [and] expressed in devotional and liturgical practices, designed to enrich and enhance the discipleship and spiritual lives of our members, and the worship and mission of the Church.” The Society’s gatherings and practices for Ascension’s Our Lady of Victory ‘Ward’ are presently led by George Pineda and Samuel Sommers, with support from Fr. Gary Lawler and the Rector.

MSP Office Hours
MB will be available in our regular Zoom room to offer personalized help with MSP on Wednesday, August 18 from 5:30-6:00 PM. There's still time to get an orientation to this scheduling tool -- or come with your questions, help requests, or feedback. Can't make this time? Please contact MB for an appointment.

Open Upcoming Acolyte Positions

Evensong and Benediction, 8/15: We're looking forward to celebrating the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin (Assumption) this coming Sunday, August 15, with a 4:00 PM Evensong and Benediction. Expect incense and bells.

Sung Mass, 8/22: We still need an acolyte to serve the Sung Mass at 10 AM on Sunday, August 22. New to this format? We can help with training and notes. 
And in other news ...

  • Pantry@Ascension took place on Saturday, August 7, as planned, thanks to a number of regular and one-time volunteers. To alleviate pressure on Deacon Farrell, I made a run for non-perishable foods at the Restaurant Depot on West Division. (Nice, on occasion, to own a beat up 2006 mini-van!) Concerns remain, however, about the pantry’s viability. I encourage interested parishioners to share thoughts or questions with Deacon Farrell or with the Wardens and/or Vestry members. - Fr. Raymond +
Early Sunday morning, a car crashed through the wrought iron fence that separates LaSalle street from the Ascension parking lot, near the corner of Maple St. The driver apparently drove away. No police report was filed, and the city has no record of a towed vehicle. We are both attempting to initiate a police investigation (so far unsuccessfully) and developing a repair plan.
Attention Knitters, Crocheters,
and Crafters: Save the date!
Would you like to have your crocheting or knitting projects help a mariner celebrate Christmas while away from their loved ones? 
Joanne Bartosik, Senior Manager of Development and Christmas at Sea, is giving an overview of the Christmas at Sea volunteer programs on Wednesday, September 15, at 12:00 noon Eastern time via Zoom, hosted by the Diocese of Northern Indiana. Everybody interested in learning more about Christmas at Sea, or making items for the program, is invited to join us. 
More information will follow. Any questions may be directed to Beth Hall at  
Click to learn more about Christmas at Sea and how you can help.
Click to read more about Seamen’s Church Institute
Organ Repertoire for August 15, 2021
Hodie Maria Virgo assumpta est
Rolande Falcinelli (1920-2006)
At the Entrance Procession
At the Offertory
Hymn 843 [Cantate Domino]
At the Communion
At the Retiring Procession
Magnificat: Gloria: Finale
Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)

About our 2021 Repertoire
As I develop a long-range plan for repertoire each year, I choose a theme or area of emphasis, often complete works or a complete large-scale work by one composer. During 2021, organ music by women composers and African-American composers is being and will be featured in voluntaries and recitals throughout the year. There are some little-known gems waiting to be discovered, as well as music by major composers, with whom works for the organ are not generally associated. Enjoy!
From Benjamin Rivera

Dear friends,

Our vocal music has returned to its usual (pre-COVID) summer format:
-congregational Mass Ordinary, hymns, and service
-chanted propers, solos, and/or motets sung by the

If you haven’t attended a summer Mass for a while, you may not be aware that many of these Masses feature a quartet or quintet of mixed voices. We hope you’ll join us in the building, or online if you’re unable to attend in person.

Peace be with you!

Between Masses, please don’t forget that our choir 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)
except for Morning Prayer,
via Facebook (click here).

9:30 a.m. Virtual Morning Prayer
10:00 a.m. Live-Streamed Mass
11:00 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour

6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer via Zoom

6:30 p.m. Low Mass
Please give generously as you are able.
Treasurer Susan Schlough has asked me to remind you of Ascension's ongoing expenses at this time. To the extent that you are able, payment on your pledges or the offering of Holy Day or other special gifts will be greatly appreciated. You may still write a check and mail it to the church, or online payment is possible through the buttons at various places on our website. Thank you!
For our prayers: August 'Augie' Alonzo, Jim Berger, Steven Wallis, Sarah Ponder,
Taffy Wehe, Amy Peterson, Stephanie, Gwen Clark-Mason, The Rev. Canon Paula Clark,
Lee Gould, Maria, Beth Hall, Claire, Inez Bahena, Gina, Catherine C., Steven Upmeyer, Sue Lenz, Ted Long, Ted Saunders, Ben, Ricardo Avila

Birthdays: David Caves, 8/14
Births: Wren Joaquin Peterson, 7/21/2021, to Paloma and Trevor Peterson and to grandparents Cheryl and Jay Peterson
Requiescat in pace: Carl Edward Leonard, 8/10/1990; Jayne M. FitzSimmons, 8/11/1999;
Sr. Barbara Louise Drell OSA, 8/11/2020; Elsa Marie Klages, 8/14/1991; Lois Kimani, mother of Julie Kimani, 7/31/2021, Peter Folger Stetson, 8/2/2021; Araceli Diego and baby Esmeralda, 8/1/2021; Mary Gesel, aunt of Gary Alexander, 8/8/2021

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. Patrick Raymond, Rector

Susan Schlough, Treasurer

Br. Nathanael Deward Rahm BSG, Parish Office
Vestry of Church of the Ascension
Cheryl Peterson, Sr. Warden; Kenneth Kelling, Jr. Warden; Kelly Colomberti, Marilyn Evans, Lynette Hector, Jim Lo Bello, George Pineda, David Reeves, Samuel Sommers, Enrique Vilaseco, Amber Zelazny

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.