This Week at Ascension + April 5, 2023

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

Wednesday in Holy Week, April 5

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.


Maundy Thursday, April 6

Evening Prayer at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM

Solemn Mass at 7 p.m.

In-person and Live-streamed

Watch at the Altar of Repose

concluding with Compline at 11 p.m.


The Thursday Order of Worship may be found here.

Good Friday, April 7

Stations of the Cross at 12 p.m.

Evening Prayer at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM

The Liturgy of Good Friday at 7 p.m.

In-person and Live-streamed


The Friday Order of Worship may be found here.

Tabernacle Mosaic

Saturday, April 8

Holy Saturday at 12 p.m.

The Great Vigil &

the First Mass of Easter at 8 p.m.

In-person and Live Streamed Solemn


The Vigil Order of Worship may be found here.

The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day

April 9, 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: Resurrection Rosary window

Church of the Ascension


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Daily Masses in Easter Week

Monday and Tuesday at 12 p.m.

Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (in person and live-streamed)

Thursday and Friday at 12 p.m.


Click to join us on Wednesday VIA YOUTUBE


From the Interim Rector

Holy Week and, in particular, the Triduum offer us opportunities to find intimate experiences of God and of Our Lord. We’re invited to make the journey with Jesus as we build memories for ourselves of his passion, death, and resurrection. Bishop Martins points us to this as he says the Verba in the Eucharistic Prayer: “Do this for the re-membrance of me.” It’s what happens in  Ezekiel’s vision in the Valley of Dry Bones: sinews and flesh re-cover the dry bones, preparing them to be re-vitalized by the breath of God.

In many parishes, the Maundy Thursday foot washing is seen as an act of humility and service done by the clergy. I don’t think that’s what Jesus had in mind. His action was a demonstration of service to others, rather than an act of self-humbling. Jesus' act of humility was his emptying himself of his divine nature to enable him to become human. (Phil 2:5-11) As he calls us to do likewise, this year we’ll try a different approach. Those who choose to participate will have their feet washed, and then wash the feet of the next person. In a very simple way, each of us will have the opportunity to be Jesus to another.

During Easter, it is customary to omit the Confession of Sin. Our forty-day journey through Lent has shriven us, culminating in the Lamb of God taking away the sin of the world. So for the fifty days of Easter, we won’t be singing Kyrie eleison or Gloria in excelsis. Instead, we’ll sing Pascha Nostrum or Te Deum laudamus. Easter is supposed to feel different than other seasons, just as Lent and Advent. And we get to sing something different for a while.

Fr. Heard

Holy Week Lectors Needed and Some Other Opportunities to Assist at the Ascension

We have many openings for lectors during Holy Week, and we would welcome your help! If you would like to read at the Great Vigil of Easter, please contact Josh Simpson at to let us know of your interest. While we may not be able to schedule everyone who's willing to serve, we're grateful for your interest and your service. This service will begin at 8 p.m. on April 8, and there will be a required sound check at 7:15 p.m.

You can also contact Josh if you'd like to be trained as a lector for regular 11 a.m. Mass, if you would like to read at 9 a.m., please reach out to Ellie Simpson, the usher coordinator, at and please include me. Usher and Lector duties are paired at the 9 a.m. We would be happy to train you after Mass sometime!

Thank you all, and may your preparation for Holy Week be filled with grace, hope, patience and love.

Joshua Simpson

On the April schedule on MSP, you'll see that there are numerous opportunities to help and serve during Holy Week and throughout the month. In addition to acolytes, we're also looking for people to help with setup in preparation for our liturgies. If you can lend a hand on Holy Saturday afternoon (ahead of the Great Vigil), please sign up on MSP or contact MB Hwang (, 773.732.0238). Lunch will be provided, so your signup will help us prepare.

We are also seeking a few people to help set up the many flowers that surround the Altar of Repose each year. Setup is expected to take place on Maundy Thursday (tomorrow) morning. A similar setup occurs ahead of the Great Vigil on Saturday. Please contact David White ( if you can help or if you'd like more details.

MB Hwang

Enquirer's Class

Beginning on 16 April, the Second Sunday of Easter, we will have an Enquirer’s Class, meeting at 12:45 p.m.. We’ll meet for four successive Sundays. This will be an opportunity for anyone exploring joining Church of the Ascension and The Episcopal Church to learn more about us, our history, polity, and liturgy. It will also be an opportunity for others who would like to reaffirm their commitment to the church. The culmination of the class will be Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation by our bishop at her visitation on 18 May, the Feast of the Ascension. Please speak to either Fr. Heard or Mtr. Murphy-Gill if you are interested.

St. Leonard’s House Visit to Take Place Sunday, April 30

Thanks to the outpouring of support and willingness to commit, this date is now confirmed! Please join us to prepare a meal and serve a meal at St. Leonard’s, where recently incarcerated men and women are being empowered to live whole lives. We will need people to help prepare the food as well as bring it and serve it to residents at St. Leonard’s. 

If you haven’t already signed up and want to help, please sign up using this link or speak to Ellie Simpson or Clarissa Galaviz. These two will be coordinating the outing and will have more information as the date draws nearer.

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: Lee Gould, John Schram, Gertrude Isaac, Thomas Wikman, 

MB Hwang, Luis & Rocio Hernandez, Juanita Malone, Oksana, Eric Magnuson,

Mary W., Tyler, David S. Jones, Richard Francis Tracz, Thom Racina,

Robert Browning, Natalia & Victor, Dorothy, David Schrader, Victor Fernandez, Claire Green, Beth Hall, Sue Lenz, Brenda Martins


Birthdays: Victor Lofgreen, 4/4; John Smolinski, 4/8


Departed: Linda Loria, Martha-Marie Fanzone, 3/17/2023;

Charles Clifton Eden, priest, 4/9/2009

Prayers are especially requested for the repose of the soul of Bob West,

the father of John West and father-in-law of David White,

who died on Tuesday morning, April 4  

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.

Prayer for the Rector Search Committee

Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for The Church of the Ascension that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Organ and Choral Repertoire for April 9, 2023


Sonata from Die Bänkelsängerlieder

Anonymous 17th century

Canzona #29

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)



for the Morning of Easter [1940]

Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

At the Entrance Procession 


At the Sequence


At the Offertory


At the Communion



At the Retiring Procession




A Fanfare for Easter Day [2023}

David R. White (b. 1959)

Choral Mass Setting

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Missa brevis in D, K. 194


Offertory Motet

William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)

Haec dies


Communion Motet

Healey Willan (1880-1968)

Christ, Our Passover  

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



7:30 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.