This Week at Ascension + August 23, 2023

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Commemoration of

Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux (tr.)

Evening Prayer

at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM

In-person and Live-streamed

Said Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Unction available for those who wish it.


Image: Bernard of Clairvaux by Juan Correa deVivar (Museo del Prado)

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Commemoration of

Saint Bartholomew the Apostle

Said Mass at 12:00 p.m.

Unction available for those who wish it.

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16)

Sunday, August 27, 2023

7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer via ZOOM

9 a.m. Sung Mass

11 a.m. Solemn Mass -

In-person & Live-streamed

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

Image: Confession of St. Peter: Detail from stained glass in the Church of St Mary & St Lambert, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, England



Click to join us VIA YOUTUBE


A Note from the Warden

It’s always hard to say goodbye!

Has it been almost two years?!? It seems like yesterday, that may be a cliché, but it is true. Fr. Heard’s tenure with us at Ascension has been short and a blessing. It is not easy being an Interim Rector. You have all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of an installed Rector but with an end date. We all have end dates. So, the question is not how long but what we do in between. What Fr. Heard has done, is keep us together while worshiping the Lord ”in the beauty of holiness.”

He has been a good shepherd for those who inquired. He has been an excellent pastor

for those in need. His preaching has taught us and informed us of the nuances of the

scriptures and its relevance to today. He has been the Master of the Meeting: We get

more done in a one-hour Vestry meeting than I have seen done in the past forty-six years. He has been a great supporter of Ascension. And, like most successes, he has the

support of an excellent partner and spouse, Dr. Cheryl Winters-Heard. She has been an

extremely warm and wonderful person with which to share our worship and friendship.

As most of you know, Fr. Heard’s last day as our Interim Rector is August 31. His last day celebrating Mass is this coming Sunday, August 27. Please join us after the 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Mass for a celebration of Fr. Heard’s time with us.

LaVerne Saunders

A few of the clients of Chrys' Closet on its first day of operation at Church of the Ascension, August 23, 2023. A broad selection of clothes, furniture, bedding, toys, and kitchen supplies are available.

Picture provided by Fr. Will Bouvel, St. Chrysostom's

Save the Date

The Rev. Carlos De La Torre will be installed as the

18th Rector of Church of the Ascension

on Friday, September 29, 2023

(The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels) at 7 p.m.

High winds from Hurricane Dora and drought conditions combined to accelerate the growth of brush fires that devastated the Lahaina community in Hawaiʻi. Episcopal Relief & Development is in contact with the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi in the wake of wildfires that have killed many people and displaced hundreds of families on Maui. They are calling on churches to help support the response. Please consider visiting to learn more about ERD and to make a donation today.

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.


For our prayers

David Schrader, Sty Peabody, Robert, DeDe Frank, Leslie Smebak Gormley, Pam and Hap Hopper, Mike Vales, Jim Drury, Ann Griffin, Russell Staufenbiel, Patricia Spencer, Rachel Smolinski, Sarah Reece Glanman, Sgt. Manuel Arroyo, The Quevedo family, Andrew Abbott, Suzanne Dines, Lee Gould, John Schram, Gertrude Isaac, Thomas Wikman, MB Hwang, Juanita Malone, Oksana, Tyler, David S. Jones, Richard Francis Tracz, Natalia & Victor, Dorothy, Victor Fernandez,

Claire Green, Beth Hall, Sue Lenz, Brenda Martins 



Fr. Shane Patrick Gormley, 8/20; Elizabeth McLaughlin, 8/20


Benjamin & Alexia Rivera, 8/22/2010; David White & John West, 8/23/1999


Requiescat in pace:

Robert Browning, 8/21/2023;

Dorothy Murphy (grandmother of Mtr. Murphy-Gill),

Paul Nicholson, 8/13/2023;

Joann Bruce Montgomery, 8/20/2013; Lucy Valla, 8/21/2014; Dave Noren, 8/22/2010;

Laurie Mezger, 8/25/1996; Bruce Anderson Young, 8/25/2004


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.

Organ and Choral Repertoire for August 27, 2023


Variations on the hymn

Jesus Christ our Savior

(Orig. version, discovered/published 2019)

August Hugo Distler (1908-1942)


At the Entrance Procession



At the Offertory



At the Communion



At the Retiring Procession




Toccata improvvisata on Houston

David R. White (b. 1959)

Mass Setting

Congregational: Powell


Offertory Motet

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

(c. 1525-1594)

Confitemini Domino


Communion Motet

Vincenzo Ruffo

(c. 1508-1587)

Adoramus te Christe


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



8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer via FACEBOOK LIVE

6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer via Zoom


6:30 p.m. Said Mass


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, Samuel 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.