Celebrate the Nativity of Christ


The Ascension of Our Lord Parish wishes you and your loved ones a peaceful, spiritual and blessed Nativity season.  During the Christmas Fast, may we remain focused on Christ's birth through increased prayer, communion, confession and fasting.  May our hearts become another Bethlehem so that Christ will dwell within us!

THE NATIVITY FAST takes place November 15 - December 24. During the Nativity Fast, Ascension will hold Sarantaliturgo - 40 Liturgies - to help us spiritually prepare for our Lord’s birth. Ascension's Liturgical calendar as well as links to events, articles, daily readings and devotions can be found below. 

Sarantaliturgo Schedule & Prayer Requests

Schedule of Divine Services for Christmas 2022 & Epiphany 2023 

The Sacrament of Holy Unction
Wednesday, December 21 @ 6:30 p.m.

Fill A Basket with Hope
Parish-wide Nativity Almsgiving Project

Nativity Fast Women's Psalter Reading

Koinonia Men's Ministry Toys for Tots Drive

TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE ENDS DECEMBER 4th: Koinonia Men's Ministry thanks everyone who has participated in our 2022 Toys for Tots Toy Drive. Please drop off any brand-new unwrapped toys at our designated Toys for Tots area on your way into the Fellowship Hall. Monetary donations can also be made to Koinonia Men's Ministry and we will purchase toys for you. Please contact Loukas Jonson for more information at loukasjonson@gmail.com.

Philoptochos Membership Christmas Party and Gift Exchange

 December 14

Sunday Church School Christmas Pageant
December 18

Greek School Christmas Program
December 20

Senior Synaxis Christmas Party

SENIOR SYNAXIS IS HOLDING ITS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY on Tuesday, December 27th at Dover Straits at 11:30 a.m. Family and friends are always welcomed.
To RSVP and for more information, please contact Kay James at (847) 955-0065 by 12/22. Please join us for our joyous and festive annual gathering.

Epiphany Home Blessings

Metropolis of Chicago Announces Living Water Productions
"The Person of Christ" premiers November 15th

The first project to come out of Living Water Productions, "The Person of Christ" is a 12 episode video series developed to deepen your knowledge of Christ, both spiritually and intellectually.











+ Daily Bible Readings, Saints & Feasts

+ Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Advent and Nativity Resources

+ GOA Center for Family Care Introduces: Finding Our Roots in Jesus’s Family Tree: An Advent Video Series

+ Antiochian Archdiocese Advent, Nativity and Theophany Resources
Includes information on Fasting and the Liturgical Cycle of the Nativity and Theophany Season

Preparation for Holy Confession

Suggestions for hosting a Lenten Coffee Hour during the Nativity Fast  (coffee hour temporarily suspended)

Suggestions for hosting a Lenten Meal during the Nativity Fast


+ Lessons in the Faith:  Epiphany/Theophany, by Reverend Fr. Sotirios P. Malamis.  Published in "Windy City Greek" in November 2015

+ Let's Celebrate:  The 12 Days of Christmas, by Melissa Tsongranis, Associate Director for the Center for Family Care
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

+ What Are the Twelve Days of Christmas
By Fr. Andrew George
The commemoration of the Nativity of our Lord, the Baptism of our Lord, and the events related to them developed over time in the life and practice of the Church. Originally celebrated together on the same day, their celebrations - and the sequence of 12 days in between them - offers the faithful a festal period of great joy.

+ In the Beginning -- Reflections on the Nativity Fast
by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis

+ The Nativity Fast - Why We Fast
November 15, marks the beginning of the Nativity Fast (40 days before Christmas). The following article offers some thoughts on the purpose of fasting.