“BEHOLD I BEGIN THE EXCAVATION OF THESE FOUNDATIONS AND MAY THEY STAND FIRM FOREVER”
These words were spoken with fortitude before hundreds of faithful witnesses during Ascension of Our Lord’s historic Site Blessing and Groundbreaking service on Sunday, September 10, 2017. It was truly a day the Lord made, and for those present at this once in a lifetime event, it was a reminiscent tribute to the past, and a sanctified introduction to the future. His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos presided over the ceremony along with Proistamenos Fr. Sotirios Malamis. Ascension’s founding priest, Fr. James Gordon as well as Fr. Demetrios Treantafeles were also present for the momentous occasion. Click HERE to watch highlights of this historic event in the life of the Ascension of Our Lord parish. Visit the photo gallery on this website to view additional photos. To stay current on the progress of the building of the new church, subscribe to Ascension's online newsletter by clicking the "Join our Newsletter" icon on the righthand side of the webpage. You can also view photos of the construction progress on Ascension's website photo gallery.
Dear beloved faithful,
It is with great joy I write this letter to you to inform you of a monumental event in the life of our Parish. On Sunday, September 10, 2017, immediately following the Divine Liturgy, we will be “breaking ground” and performing the Agiasmos (Blessing of the Waters) where our new church will be built. With the blessings of Metropolitan NICHOLAS of Detroit, Locum Tenems of Chicago, our Chancellor His Grace Bishop DEMETRIOS of Mokissos, will be presiding over the Divine Services. Orthros will begin at 8:15 a.m. followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. At the end of the service, we will process outside to the site where our new Parish home will be built and commence our groundbreaking ceremonies as a unified parish family.
With this exciting news as we move to the start of our construction, I am also informing you that Sunday, September 10th, will be the last Divine Liturgy in our existing house of worship. Beginning on Sunday, September 17, 2017, our Divine Services, as well as Sunday Church School, will be held at Daniel Wright Junior High School located at 1370 N. Riverwoods Road in Lincolnshire (just a few blocks south of our church).
Immediately following the historic groundbreaking event, our Men's Koinonia Ministry will be hosting our annual Family Picnic at Banner Day Camp, just north of our property.
On behalf of our Parish, I ask for your prayers and support during this remarkable journey, which will lead us to worshipping in our new church home, as well as enjoying the blessings of having a new community center where our dynamic and vibrant ministries can continue to grow.
Please hold September 10th dear to your heart and make every effort to be part of such a special once-in-a-lifetime event, where the symbolic first step will be taken to break ground and begin cultivating our Parish’s new foundation.
Rev. Fr. Sotirios P. Malamis
“OUR FAITH…OUR CHURCH…OUR LEGACY”
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