On this page you can sign up to attend services and familiarize yourself with the latest directives and developments.  Please call our office at 847.482.1200 with questions or help with registration. 

NOVEMBER 2020 UPDATE:  In light of the current COVID surge worldwide, and especially in Illinois and Lake County, the Ascension COVID Parish Safety team updated safety measures and precautions in accordance with the November 2020 guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Metropolis of Chicago; and the state's Tier 3 Mitigation plan that took effect in Illinois on November 20, 2020.  At this time, Church attendance has been capped at 100 congregants with strict physical distancing prearranged in the pews. Once 50 parishioners are seated in the church Nave, the rest will be seated in our Fellowship Hall, where the service is streamed. Ushers will direct parishioners for Holy Communion and Antithoron.   Click HERE to read the November 20, 2020 announcement of updated safety measures.

  • Parishioners may sign up HERE for the services they wish to attend. Parishioners without technology access may call the church office to register.  

  • Services will be posted on a monthly basis and are subject to change. 
  • There is no limit to the number of services parishioners may attend. However, you will still need to register in advance. No one may attend service without a confirmed registration. This is critical and required for contact tracing. We must maintain a list of everyone in the church building at all times. Please do not show up at church unregistered especially during this time of COVID-19.  We ask that you make a prayerful commitment to attend the services for which you’ve registered. 

  • Parishioners who live in the same household will complete one registration form, listing each family member. 
  • Registration for Sunday services will close at 3 p.m. on Fridays.  For weekday services, registration will close the day before the service at 3 p.m.  If you need to contact the church office to cancel a registration after business hours (9 a.m. - 3 p.m. M-F), please leave a message on voicemail.  

  • Online registration will not be accessible once attendance reaches capacity; or the deadline for registering closes. If you need assistance, please contact the church office.

  • Once registered, substitutions may not be made.  

  • Parishioners will receive registration confirmations by email or by phone. 

  • All registrants must confirm they understand the guidelines upon entering church. 
  • If you've registered and your health or the health of someone in your home changes prior to services, you must call the church immediately to cancel your reservation. 

  • Arrival time will be staggered in order to facilitate the check-in process and maintain social-distancing. 

  • Parishioners must comply with all safety protocols before, during and after each service.     

  • Continue to monitor your health to make sure you are symptom and fever-free before coming to church. This is for the protection of our parish and all stewards.  

  • If you’re ill or had contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, please continue to livestream the services and worship from home.

  • We encourage those in high-risk populations, and their caregivers, to continue live streaming services from home. Please consult CDC Guidance for more information. 

  • If you’re in a high-risk population and would like Fr. Sotiri to visit you at home for the express purpose of receiving Holy Eucharist (Communion), Holy Unction and prayers, please contact the church office. 

  • Everyone over 2 years old is required to wear a face covering (mask) during the entire service, with the exception of receiving Holy Communion. 

  • Hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout the building. We also encourage you to bring your own. You’ll be asked to sanitize your hands upon entry, after lighting a candle and before receiving Holy Communion.

  • Visit our Online Giving Page to make donations for candles or trays in advance of coming to church.  Change will not be available in the narthex. 

  • Click HERE to become a Steward of Ascension of Our Lord

  • Please enter through the west doors just north (left) of the main church entrance. No other entry point is accessible at this time.   

  • Arrive early and be prepared to wait if there’s a short line.   

  • Maintain social distancing (at least six feet apart from each other). 
  • Bring your own mask which must be worn over your nose and mouth at all times. The CDC highly recommends wearing a cloth face covering. Please refrain from wearing bandanas as research has shown they are the least effective face covering.

  • Sanitize your hands at the hand sanitizing station upon entry to the building. 

  • Your attendance will be verified at check-in. This enables the parish to contact you in the event of possible exposure to someone who later tests positive for COVID-19.

  • Your temperature will be taken and you will be asked a few screening questions.

  • If you’re showing signs of illness — new or worsening cough, sore throat, chills, muscle aches, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal issues (vomiting or diarrhea), loss of taste or smell, temperature over 100 degrees OR if you’ve had exposure to someone with symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you’ll be asked to return home. This is for your own safety and for our entire church community. Thank you for your understanding.  

  • Ushers, also wearing protective gear, will assist you with candles and seating. 

  • When venerating icons, please refrain from kissing or touching them.  

  • Pews are marked appropriately to follow social distance guidelines. 

  • Floors will be marked to ensure a unidirectional flow into the church. 

  • Families who live in the same household will be seated together.  

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  

  • Please greet your fellow parishioners with a wave or a head-nod. As counter as this is to our nature, please refrain from kissing, hugging or shaking hands.  

  • There will be no liturgical books or weekly bulletins at this time.  

  • The weekly bulletin will be posted HERE the Friday before each Divine Liturgy.

  • Masks must be properly worn at all times except when receiving Holy Communion.  

  • During Communion ushers will provide direction to maintain social distancing. 

  • When receiving Communion, you must first sanitize your hands at the station on the solea. Then, in place of the red Communion cloth, please take a napkin and hold it under your chin when receiving the Eucharist. Before returning to your pew, place your napkin in the basket provided. Napkins will be burned following the service.
  • Until further notice, koliva and artoklasia will not be distributed.  

  • The ushers will dismiss you to receive Antidoron from our Clergy and to proceed down the center aisle and exit through the wooden church doors. 

  • Until further notice, we unfortunately must refrain from offering coffee fellowship. 

  • All parishioners must maintain social distancing while exiting the church and proceeding directly to their cars.  

  • Please avoid congregating in the narthex and church parking lot.  

  • The church will be thoroughly sanitized after each service with EPA-approved cleaning supplies.




Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Resource Page

State of Illinois COVID-19 Webpage

COVID-19 Screening Tool:  app released by Apple in partnership with the CDC

10 Ways to Manage Symptoms at Home

Caring for Someone at Home

Metropolis of Chicago Coronavirus Resource Center
Communication Updates and Liturgical Messages 

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Online COVID-19 Resource Center

* For the Latest Information IN GREEK


Until we can worship together in our church home, we will be live streaming each Divine Service HERE.  The stream will also be carried live on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel!  If you miss the livestream, all services will be archived on our livestream webpage

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May 12, 2020:  Metropolis Takes Actions to Respond to COVID-19

May 11, 2020:  New Statement Regarding Liturgical Services and the Sacramental Life of the Church

May 8, 2020 Holy Eparchial Synod Communique Regarding Process for the Reopening of Parishes

April 19, 2020:  Join Metropolitan Nathanael and his mom, Irini, as they celebrated Easter with some cooking and conversation!

April 19, 2020:  Come Receive the Light  Archbishop Elpidophoros invites all to come and receive the Light of Christ

April 19, 2020:  2020 Paschal Message from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros

April 18, 2020:  Metropolitan Nathanael's Pascha Encyclical

April 14, 2020:  Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis and Its Implications on Our Metropolis

Monday, April 13:  Archbishop Elpidophoros Broadcasts Services of Holy Week from the Archdiocese.  Click HERE for more information.  The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America launched an updated COVID-19 Resource Center today.  Click HERE for the press release.

SUNDAY:  April 12th, CBS news program, 60 Minutes, will showcase the rebuilding of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center.  For more information, see GOARCH's announcement HERE.

April 11, 2020:  Message By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Beginning of Holy and Great Week

Saturday of Lazarus, 4/11 at 3 p.m. EST/2 p.m. CST:  Archbishop Elpidophoros to Hold Virtual Town Hall with Greek Orthodox Faithful.  Click to learn how to register for webinar.

April 8:  Announcement about Daily Prayer Service by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros

April 6:  Holy Eparchial Synod Communique

April 6:  Video Message from Metropolitan Nathanael:  Passing Time vs. Filling Time

April 3:  PSA from Metropolitan Nathanael: Stay Home. Save Lives. (Greek Version Only)

April 1:  Ascension COVID-19 Appeal Letter from Fr. Sotiri & Parish Council President Nick Marino

March 31:  Communique of the Holy Eparchial Synod

March 31: Video Message From Metropolitan Nathanael:  Cultivating Relationships at Home

March 30:  Important Resources from Ascension's Health & Saftey Task Force

March 30:  Apostolic Visit of Ecumenical Patriarch to the United States Postponed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 28, 2020:  Address of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros to the Archdiocese Presbyters

March 27, 2020:  Ascension News & Announcements Weekly EBlast

March 26, 2020:  Archbishop Elpidophoros addresses the faithful regarding Covid-19

March 22, 2020: Updated Statement Regarding Liturgical Services Across the Metropolis of Chicago

March 21, 2020:  Services Begin Streaming at Ascension on March 22, 2020

March 21, 2020:  Video Message from His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael Conveying Love and Prayers

March 20, 2020:  Ascension to offer the 3rd Salutations Service this Evening via Zoom technology

March 20, 2020:  Ascension Updates and Resources

March 19, 2020: Message of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Regarding Covid-19

March 18, 2020:  Ascension COVID Resource Page and Important Links

March 18, 2020: A Pastoral Message to the Faithful from Metropolitan Nathanael

March 14, 2020:  Communication from His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael regarding Suspension of Liturgical Services

March 13, 2020: An important update from Fr. Sotirios:  Ministry Events Postponed or Cancelled until Further Notice

March 6, 2020:  Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and the Holy Eparchial Synod issue Guidelines on Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

March 6, 2020: Encyclical of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and the Eparchial Synod on the Covid-19 Pandemic (Coronavirus)

March 6, 2020:  Directives to be followed by the Clergy dealing with Covid-19 (Coronavirus)



Fr. Sotiri has asked that we gather as a family every night in our homes for 15 minutes at 8 p.m. to pray the Jesus Prayer and ask our Lord to watch over us. 
Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me.   

Prayer for the Coronavirus

AGES Digital Chant Stand - Daily Services by Date

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Live Internet Broadcasts of Church Services

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Daily Reading App

Daily Scripture:  Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Online Chapel

Ancient Faith Radio and Ministries

Metropolis Separate But United webpage:  The Metropolis of Chicago shares sermonettes, prayers, reflections or stories from the clergy members and others of the Metropolis on a daily basis.

Prayers posted on the Metropolis of Chicago COVID-19 Resource Page

A Prayer in Light of the Coronavirus Pandemic

A Prayer for All Times

Prayers for the Sick

Prayers At Mealtime

Daily Personal Prayers: At Night (Compline)

Daily Personal Prayers: In The Morning

The Akathist Hymn and Small Compline

The Great Compline 





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