Conversion of St. Paul, William Blake, 1800

The 3rd Sunday  of Easter
May Crowning of the Blessed Virgin
Sunday, May 5

7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Low Mass (Rite I)
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass
11:00 a.m. Solemn High Mass
Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
Missa Salve Regina (1954)

The Rosary , at the Shrine of St. Mary the Virgin, will follow the  Solemn High Mass.
All are welcome.

This Week at Ascension + May 1, 2019


From the Rector
Also from the Rector
Two Recent Sermons
Music for May Crowning
Sharing Lunch, Sharing Blessings , May 8
Ascension Book Group News, May 5
This Sunday at Ascension
The Parish Prayer List
Approved Vestry Minutes Online
The Last Word


Mary Rising
     O Queen of heaven, be joyful. Alleluia.
            - From the Regina Coeli, c. 1200
Dear People of Ascension,
     As many of you know, the month of May features an emphasis on devotion to Mary throughout the Roman Catholic Church and in many Anglo-Catholic parishes. The May Crowning and Procession at the Solemn High Mass here on the first Sunday in May are beloved traditions.
   You'll no doubt be pleased to read below the vision that our musicians have in mind for us on Sunday. Being a first-of-the-month Sunday, we'll also share the rosary immediately following the 11 am mass. The fellowship of those who have been sharing in the rosary has noticeably grown in the past six months. If you are unfamiliar with it and are curious or have questions, please contact George Pineda, who has mainly been leading it, or me. You may view the form of the rosary that we use at Ascension here.
David Reeves [L], and George Pineda [R]
     Having been blessed by his participation in and leadership of the rosary here, George Pineda has also asked if he may provide some leadership in reviving the Society of Mary here at Ascension. George and I have set two related dates, both subject to getting a little bit better idea of parishioner interest: a rosary, dinner and conversation following the evening mass on Wednesday, May 22, and a half-day retreat to be held Saturday morning in early June. Look for further details in weeks to come.
   I (again) encourage your communication with George or me about your interests or questions related to the Society of Mary, the rosary or devotion to Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, Theotokos.


Please keep in prayers mother Judith Marie, Superior of the Order of St. Anne, Chicago, and all others who this week are taking part in the annual gathering of the Conference of Anglican Religious of the Americas (CAROA), taking place in Racine, Wisconsin. 


Read The Very Rev. Joy Rogers' Good Friday 2019 sermon

Read The Rev. Ben Adams' Easter 2C 2019 sermon by clicking here.


     This first Sunday in May brings us to our traditional festival of the May Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The music will be particularly fitting and, we trust, edifying. The organ music will feature a series of extended improvisations (by David White) on the plainsong chants for the Marian hymn  Salve Regina, ' Hail, Holy Queen.'  

     One of the three main organists of Notre-Dame de Paris, and one of the world's finest organists, Olivier Latry, composed a series of meditations on these chants, and it is in that style which this tribute will be offered - not only to Our Lady, but in solidarity with and with prayers for our sisters and brothers at Notre-Dame, as they begin the long, arduous process of rebuilding from the tragic fire.  

   Meanwhile our Ascension Choir will add to the devotional Notre-Dame theme, offering Jean Langlais' Messe de Salve Regina. Composed for the Midnight Mass at Notre Dame in 1954, it is based on the familiar Salve Regina chant. The choir will also sing a late 12th century Alleluia by Pérotin (ca. 1160-1220), one of the earliest known composers of Western polyphony whose work and legacy are also associated with Notre-Dame.

-          David White and Benjamin Rivera

Welcome Spring!!  Our next luncheon gathering will occur on Wednesday, May 8th.  After Mass at 12:00, we gather in St. Michael Hall for tasty food and topical discussion, and we hope that friends new and old will join us.  The menu for May 8th will be a bit retro--favorites from a "few years ago." Plan to enjoy hot turkey sandwiches (with gravy, of course), dressing/stuffing, sauted green beans, cream cheese stuffed celery, and watermelon.  This meal takes me back to car trips with my parents as a teenager and stopping for lunch at local diners.    

Our time together will also allow us to look at some environmental changes that have been happening recently.  We will examine the Episcopal Church's Creation Care Pledge, a campaign that launched on March 29, 2019.  A link to the online Pledge to Care for Creation is given below.  If you are inspired to study this before our meeting, please do so.  Otherwise, just think about one thing you (you, specifically) can do to be a better "earthkeeper."  Spring is a good time to think about our earthly home and the many blessings that nature brings to our lives!!  The website link:

With thanks and blessings,
Cheryl Peterson


The Ascension Book Group meet in at 1:00 p.m. in Wheeler Hall on Sunday, May 5, to discuss their April selections from Henrik Ibsen's 
Four Major PlaysGhosts  and  Hedda Gabler.
The schedule of Sunday Readings, Celebrants, Preachers, Lectors, Acolytes, Ushers, Hymnody, Choral and Organ Repertoire for Sunday, May 5, 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,  Brenton Boitse, Charley Taylor, August 'Augie' Alonzo, Ted Long, Jim Berger, Ethel Martin, Yuka Asai, Dean Pineda,  Helena Wilson, Bazelais Suy, Carnola Malone, Charlene MacDougal, Pablo Illás, Courtney Walsh, Doreen Finn, Donald Schmidt, Richard Laibly

Prayers for the departed
Demos Kukeas, friend of Mary Jane and Timothy Kowalski

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.

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Ye who own the faith of Jesus
sing the wonders that were done,
when the love of God the Father
o'er our sin the victory won,
when he made the Virgin Mary
Mother of his only Son.
Hail Mary, full of grace.
Blessèd were the chosen people
out of whom the Lord did come,
blessèd was the land of promise
fashioned for his earthly home;
but more blessèd far the Mother
she who bare him in her womb.
Hail Mary, full of grace.
Wherefore let all faithful people
tell the honor of her name,
let the church in her foreshadowed
part in her thanksgiving claim;
what Christ's Mother sang in gladness
let Christ's people sing the same.
Hail Mary, full of grace.

V incent Stuckey Stratton Coles

Fr. Patrick Raymond,

Susan Schlough,      

Parish Office