Great & Holy Lent 2024



Ascension's Schedule of Divine Services During Great Lent


Ascension's 2024 Lenten Lecture Series
Wednesday evenings


The Salutations to the Theotokos


Ascension's Holy Week Schedule


Confession

If you would like to schedule a confession directly with Fr. Sotiri, please access his schedule at THIS LINK and follow the simple steps.
Father will hear confessions throughout Great Lent up until the Friday before Holy Week. You can also call the church office at 847.482.1200 to make an appointment.


Koinonia Pascha Card 2024

Join the many families of our Parish in expressing Paschal greetings to all members and friends of our Ascension Church.
To be included in the card, your submission must be received no later than Friday, April 12, 2024. 


Philoptochos Pascha Bake Sale

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Give Hope with Heart & Hands
Project HOPE Lenten Food & Supply Drive

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2024 PASCHA OFFERING

 

DONATIONS FOR LENT & HOLY WEEK

 

PARISH & METROPOLIS LENTEN EVENTS
Check back often as events will continually be updated



ASCENSION'S 2024 LENTEN LECTURE SERIES
Join us on Wednesdays during Great Lent at 5 p.m. for the 9th Hour and Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, followed
by our Lenten Lecture Series, which is accompanied by a light Lenten dinner.   

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THE LIGHT OF LENT - METROPOLIS OF CHICAGO

This new program was developed to help participants grow spiritually and to reflect on what Lent means to them. 
Youth and young adults in the Metropolis of Chicago are welcomed to participate by attending or assisting services, doing charity work and attending the Fanari Lenten Retreat. 
Parents and Parish Leaders: Click graphic to download program materials and learn more! 

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JOIN US!  RSVP HERE

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CELEBRATION OF BOOKS PRESENTATION @ HOLY APOSTLES

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FANARI LENTEN YOUTH RETREAT

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE FANARI LENTEN RETREAT, which will be held for 5th – 12th graders on Saturday, April 13th at eight different parishes across the Metropolis.  We are excited to share that the Metropolis Youth Ministries office has selected Ascension as one of the satellite locations!  The retreat will be a day in the life of camp, and will include: Worship, Orthodox Life, games, Song Night, and much more! For 5th graders who can't wait for Fanari Summer Camp, this is a great way to get into the camp spirit and get a first taste of what's coming up in June. Click HERE for more information, and HERE to register.

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METROPOLIS OF CHICAGO
PHILOPTOCHOS RETREAT

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PAN-ORTHODOX AKATHIST HYMN



REFLECTIONS BY FR. SOTIRI


Article:  On the Lenten Journey
Article:  On the Sacrament of Confession
Article:  The Salutations to the Theotokos


GOARCH RESOURCES

 

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Lenten Resources

Sunday Sermon Series

Pilgrimage to Pascha Lenten Package for Parishes Released by GOA Center for Family Care

Orthodox Scholars Preach Speaker Series

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Preparation for Holy Confession

+ Preparing for Confession, Fr. James Kordaris

+ Our Lenten Journey

+ Comfort Food for Families Lenten Series

+ The Children's Word


ENCYCLICAL FOR THE BEGINNING OF GREAT LENT

Catechetical Homily at the Opening of Holy and Great Lent
 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Faculty Paschal Series
Brief video presentations begin on Clean Monday and continue every Monday until Holy Week.

Articles and Resources for the Paschal Season

And When You Fast, by Father Stavros N. Akrotirianakis

The Liturgical Cycle of the Great Lenten Period

Holy Week Resources for Families

Journey To Pascha, A Daily Guide Through Holy Week for Parents 

Great Lent:  Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese

Tending the Garden of our Hearts:  Meditations for Orthodox Families

Suggestions for hosting a Lenten Meal

Suggestions for hosting a Lenten Coffee Hour

 

PAST EVENTS


LENTEN BREADS AND SPREADS SALE


Sunday, March 17, 2024, just in time for Clean Monday! 


TRIUMPH OF ORTHODOXY PAN ORTHODOX VESPERS



HIS EMINENCE PRESIDED OVER THE HIERARCHICAL DIVINE LITURGY
ON THE SUNDAY OF ST. GREGORY PALAMAS

 

SEE PHOTOS FROM MARCH 31st