Due to the pandemic, our regular Sunday schedule is as follows:
9:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer, via Zoom
10:00 a.m. - In-Person Mass (also live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube)
Weekday Masses - Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - In-Person Said Mass (also live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube)
Weekday Morning Prayer
7:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday
led by Br. Jonathan Wheat, SMJ via Facebook Live
Weekday Evening Prayer
6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Join any evening via Zoom
Church of the Ascension is located at 1133 North La Salle Blvd. in Chicago. View directions and parking information.
In-person Solemn Mass (also live-streamed) at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays.
During the summer, this Mass includes organ music; chant and other music sung by the Ascension Schola and a mass setting and hymns sung by the entire congregation.
In-person Low Mass on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
This said Mass will continue to be live-streamed.
Following are descriptions of Sunday Masses that have been temporarily suspended during the pandemic.
Solemn High Mass: Offered at 11 a.m. on Sundays.
This is the fullest service, celebrated with ornate ritual, Latin chant, incense, hymns, sermon, and a choral Mass setting. It normally lasts 75–90 minutes. There are occasionally Solemn High Masses on weeknights throughout the year.
Sung Mass: Offered at 9 a.m. on Sundays, and on some holy days.
This is a one-hour, simpler service than Solemn High Mass, including hymns, a sermon, and a mass setting for congregational singing. Incense is used and parts of the service, including English propers, are chanted. Music for the Sung Mass is occasionally enriched by a schola of professional voices.
Low/Said Mass: Offered at 8 a.m. on Sundays, and at various times on weekdays (see our schedule above).
This Rite I Holy Eucharist (traditional language, lengthier prayers) includes a sermon or brief reflection, but no music. Many worshipers find its simplicity appealing.
The Daily Offices at Ascension consist of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, normally Rite II, from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. The Office is offered on Zoom.
Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Evensong is an offering of Evening Prayer that is substantially chanted. A Choral Evensong is one that is led by the Choir. Benediction is a service of devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ in his sacramental presence, in which the consecrated Eucharistic bread is displayed in a sacred vessel called a monstrance and with which the priest blesses the congregation. Solemn Evensong and Benediction together normally last about forty minutes. Often an organ recital will be offered at 3:30 p.m. on those Sundays, preceding Evensong.
The Holy Rosary: Offered the first Sunday of the month immediately following the organ postlude after the 11 a.m. Mass.
This is a meditative devotion on events in the lives of Jesus and Mary, using a string of prayer beads, in which the traditional prayers Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be are repeated. The repetition of prayers is an ancient method of meditation used by many of the world’s religions. The Rosary lasts about 20 minutes.
Stations of the Cross: Offered on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. during Lent.
This is a service of 14 meditations on the Suffering and Crucifixion of Jesus. It is often followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."
Church of the Ascension
1133 N La Salle Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610-2601
Sunday Worship Schedule
9:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer, via Zoom
10:0 a.m. - Mass (In-person and streamed)
(pre-registration is not required for in-person services, but please check in with an usher upon arrival)
Our free parking lot is located on the northeast corner of La Salle Boulevard and Maple Street.