We have secured University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary for our Holy Week and Pascha services beginning Palm Sunday, April 1st through Pascha, April 8th. The University of St. Mary of the Lake is located approximately 15 minutes northwest of Ascension at 1000 E. Maple Ave, Mundelein.  All services will take place in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception with the exception of the afternoon and evening services on Good Friday, which will be in the Cardinal Mundelein Auditorium.  Click the link below for the Holy Week schedule and accompanying map. 

Holy Week Service Schedule, Location, Maps and General Information

Schedule of Divine Services During Great Lent

Announcement from Fr. Sotiri on Ascension's 2018 Lenten Services

February 2018 Ascension Calendar
March 2018 Ascension Calendar 


Sunday of Orthodoxy Pan Orthodox Vespers, February 25, 2018
Philoptochos Quilt-A-Thon, SS Peter and Paul, March 3, 2018
Celebration of Books, Holy Apostles, March 4 - 8, 2018
Metropolis of Chicago Family Synaxis Lenten Retreat, St. Demetrios Church, Chicago, March 10, 2018
Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos Lenten Retreat, Assumption, Chicago, March 10, 2018
OCMC Missions Team Dinner, St. John the Baptist, DesPlaines, March 15, 2018

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Lenten Resources

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Catechetical Homily of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (2017)

Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios For Holy And Great Lent 2018

Koinonia Men's Ministry Pascha Card

Once again this year, Koinonia Men’s Ministry will be offering the Parish the opportunity to extend Paschal greetings to fellow parishioners through its annual Pascha card fundraiser.  Click HERE for more information and to download and print the form.  Participation deadline is March 27th.

Preparation for Holy Confession

Chicago Metropolis Family Synaxis Lenten Retreat

+ Reflections by Father Sotirios

Sermon:  The Fourth Sunday of Lent
Sermon:  The Third Sunday of Lent, Sunday of the Holy Cross, 3/11/19

Sermon:  Sunday of Orthodoxy, 2/25/18
Article:  On the Lenten Journey
Article:  On the Sacrament of Confession
Article:  The Salutations to the Theotokos

Suggestions for hosting a Lenten Meal

Suggestions for hosting a Lenten Coffee Hour

+ Other Resources

Great Lent:  Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese

Holy Week Resources for Families

Articles and Resources for the Paschal Season

Daily Lenten Devotions
Written by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, the parish priest at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, Florida. Devotions include a verse from scripture, a commentary from Fr. Stavros, and a short prayer that he writes to match the topic.

Journey To Pascha, A Daily Guide Through Holy Week 

The Liturgical Cycle of the Great Lenten Period


Our Faith

The Sacraments
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