The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
August 25th
The Archangel locks the Hell-mouth,
from the Winchester Psalter, ca. 1225


7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer

8:00 a.m. Low Mass (Rite I)

Nursery available, 8:45 a.m.

9:00 a.m. Sung Mass

11:00 a.m. Solemn High Mass

This Week at Ascension + August 21, 2019

From the Rector
Also From the Rector
Sermon for St. Mary the Virgin
Seersucker Fashions on August 25th
Lost and Found item
This Sunday at Ascension
The Parish Prayer List
Approved Vestry Minutes Online
The Last Word


The pipe organ: David Schrader Michaelmas recital, and more

Join the great throng,
psaltery, organ and song,
sounding in glad adoration.
     - Hymn #390
Dear people of Ascension,
   A number of headlines this week converge around our pipe organ. Above all, I'm grateful to formally announce that David Schrader, former Ascension Organist and internationally lauded musician, scholar and teacher, has agreed to play a recital to begin our Sunday, September 29, Michaelmas Celebration. Mark your calendars! Invite neighbors and friends!
     The September 29 recital will begin at 3:00 p.m., followed at 4:00 p.m. by Evensong, with a brief re-dedication of the pipe organ, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Bishop Lee will join us and officiate. Plans also include, of course, a festive reception. DiAnne Walsh has agreed to serve as the reception point person and would love to hear from you about helping.
     Meanwhile, what about those nearly 500 reed pipes missing from the instrument since Corpus Christi? Berghaus Organ reports that the reed restoration project is on track!

     Finally, many of you know that the organ console suffered a trauma last week, unrelated to the reed project. Think of it as a stroke to the instrument's electronic brain. We were without the organ for what turned out to be an exquisite and meaningful,  even if a capella, Assumption Mass. On Friday, Joe Poland of Berghaus and Organist David White worked uninterrupted until the console was again fully operational. They believe that they've engineered a long-term, reliable fix. Let's join them in praying so.
   I'm grateful that, for now, I'm not writing to ask you to give more money for a new organ console. I will, though, ask for your ongoing prayers and support for all we share and do here to the glory of God.

Last Thursday's Assumption Mass , as suggested above, seemed to be enriched as much as diminished by the loss of the pipe organ. Not that we'd have chosen that! But I do believe I did feel - did you? - a pulling-together that resulted. The evening was also special due to all who shared in creating, serving and cleaning up after the lovely garden reception. Thanks in particular to George Pineda for envisioning, creating and recruiting, to those Society of Mary supporters who helped, and to Carol Noren, who stepped in at the last minute to help with the reception AND remembered to snap photos, some of which are shared here.

I've recently had the pleasure of being in touch with David Knox - a past member of Ascension during the 1990s when he was in medical school here in Chicago and now a Postulant for Holy Orders from the Diocese of Springfield (Bishop Martins' diocese) and soon-to-be second-year student in the three-year MDiv program at Nashotah House, in Wisconsin. Pending some further conversations that I'll be having with David, the Wardens and others, David may be joining us here as 'seminarian' (ministry intern) throughout the coming academic year. He'd be with us on many Sundays, some Saturdays and occasionally at other times. I'll share information as our conversations proceed.


Tonight, August 21
Bernard of Clairvaux
Evening Prayer at 6:10 p.m.
Said Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 24
Saint Bartholomew the Apostle
Morning Prayer at 9:30 a.m.
Said Mass at 10:00 a.m. (Healing Mass)


The sermon delivered by The Rev. Jacqueline Cameron at Church of  the Ascension on The Feast of St. Mary the Virgin may be read here.

A few of us were talking at coffee hour and remarked that summer was coming to an end. Someone remarked that the opportunity to wear seersucker was also coming to an end. So, we are going to wear seersucker this Sunday, just for the joy of doing it. So, don't be surprised. We don't want anyone to feel left out, so join us if you like. All are welcome to do the same!

Cynthia Perrizo

We have a set of keys that were recently left behind in one of the pews.
If you can identify them you may have them.


The schedule of Sunday Readings, Celebrants, Preachers, Lectors, Acolytes, Ushers, Hymnody, Choral and Organ Repertoire for  Sunday, August 25, 2019  may be found by clicking here . More information on the Choral repertoire may be found by clicking here .


Please remember these people in your daily prayers
Geoffrey Wainwright, Fr. John Graham, Dorothy Murray, Mary Lou Devens, Michael Milano, Charley Taylor, August 'Augie' Alonzo, Ted Long, Jim Berger, Ethel Martin, Yuka Asai, Dean Pineda, Bazelais Suy, Carnola Malone, Charlene MacDougal, Pablo Illás, Doreen Finn, Donald Schmidt, Ted Saunders, Julie Schram, Don Wilber, Jacob Potter, Nathan, Claire, Enrique, Monica, Aleksander, Jim, Josephine Boitse, Sue Smedley, Gwendolyn, March Kimmel, Cat Dean, Fr. Robert Petite, Larry & Kathy Fox, LaVerne Saunders

Prayers for the departed

Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord: and let light perpetual shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


The Approved Minutes of Vestry meetings are now available online to parishioners who request the link. If you would like Internet access to the Approved Vestry Minutes, please email the  Church Office and request the link. 
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A fluke during an Internet search yesterday led me to the article below, about Ascension, from the New York Times. Alas, it was 1898, but the Easter Sunday edition. I was and am quite moved by the section of the article titled 'Every pew for rich and poor alike.' I admit that I sighed when I read the other Chicago feature that immediately followed. It was titled 'Revolt Against the School System,' and it began, "The revolt of the people [of Chicago] against the present management of the public schools is steadily growing, and the objections extend not only to the educational defects, but also the physical ones of the school buildings themselves."   - Fr. Raymond

CHICAGO, April 16,[1898]--The Week has been perfect in its way, if anything so dull as it has been can be perfect. Everyone has waited the rolling up of the curtain at Washington and the production of a National drama; but even the fire curtain has remained down, and now interest is beginning to languish. Business has been depressed; society, during Holy Week, has been on its knees; time may be said to have passed noiselessly in spite of the fact that this is Chicago!
     Holy Week here reaches its climax of picturesqueness at the Church of the Ascension, the ritualistic Episcopal church. Father Ritchie, who is now at New York at St. Ignatius's Church, introduced the ritualistic observances in the church, and fought fiercely for them. In fact, so at outs was he with the Bishop, that for a long time that ecclesiastical officer refused to enter the church. But time softened the bitterness of feeling, and the Episcopalians were able to look with tolerance on the church and its customs. They became more reconciled to it, indeed, after the appointment of the Rev. Edward Larrabee to its pastorate. Father Larrabee is one of the oldest families in this city, and one held in high esteem. His mother was known for her benevolence, and each member of the large family has engaged more or less in philanthropic, educational, or religious work.
Father Larrabee's Great Goodness.
     Father Ritchie having paved the way by his aggressive insistence upon the
Fr. Edward Larrabee
Father Edward Larrabee
resuscitation of the more ancient forms of worship, Father Larrabee found little to do save to continue in the path laid out for him. Devoted as he is to tradition, to scholarly precedent, and to what may be termed ecclesiastical romance, he has made the church distinctly worshipful and poetical in its character. He is a simple and serene character, with a genius for goodness, and entire devotion to his calling, and a sympathetic and affectionate nature. Such a single-hearted curé as this seems inconsistent with the city perhaps; but his influence extends far. His congregation is gathered from remote parts of the city, and it is probable that no clergyman is forced to cover so many miles in visiting his parishioners as is this young priest.
     The church itself is simple and beautiful. The interior is of richly colored red brick; the rood screen of black wrought iron, behind which swing seven iron lamps with dusky red glass. The altar is of the finest white marble, very exquisite, and inlaid with mosaics. On both sides are angels with translucent wings, most beautiful in their execution, and the oriole windows above shed a soft golden light upon their worshiping forms. An ancient crucifix, four feet high, surmounts the rood screen, and is made of wood and ivory which time has mellowed. The altar is attended with devotion, and its many candlesticks and other appointments are always in a state of brilliant cleanliness. The sacred robes were gathered in foreign lands by a certain rich and aesthetic lady, who gave the Church of the Ascension the benefit of her taste. The sacred vessels were also gathered by her at old Italian and Spanish churches, and some of them, such as the incense boats and the censers, are curious and remarkable.
Every Pew for Rich and Poor Alike.
     The congregation is not exclusively a fashionable one. Indeed, at no church not Roman Catholic do more of the very poor worship than at this. Every pew is free, and rich and poor sit side by side, and between all there exists the most scrupulous courtesy. Indeed, the atmosphere of the church is distinguished by its peaceful and worshipful character. The ceremonies are often exceedingly elaborate, and within the last year certain innovations, such as the carrying of the holy sacrament around the church, have been introduced.
     A number of beautiful youths serve as acolytes, dressing in vestments of black and white, purple, or scarlet, as the day may require. During the last two weeks Father Dolling of London has been assisting at the services. This priest is of a very different type from Father Larrabee. He is an Englishman of the lower middle class, of uncouth manners, grotesque countenance, an enormous personal magnetism, and a passion for working among the submerged. His best work has been done among London longshoremen and sailors, and those associated with them. His tense and impassioned work has not been in keeping with the serenity of the Church of the Ascension, although he has filled the church at every service. Used to dealing with misery and sin in its worst forms, he has overshot the mark with his invective and eloquence, but the dramatic qualities of the man and his fanatical sincerity have won him thousands of friends. For not only has he held service at the Church of the Ascension, but also at many other churches, sometimes actually conducting ten services a day--which will give some idea of his vitality and impetus. Bishop McLaren offered him the care of the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, but Father Dolling is willing to make merely a sojourn in America, and desires, after an excursion into the further West, to return to his well-beloved criminals in London, concerning whom he has related the most stirring incidents.

Fr. Patrick Raymond,

Susan Schlough,      

Parish Office