The rite of Baptism, along with the Holy Eucharist, is one of the two fundamental sacraments of the Christian faith. Those baptized with water in the name of the Trinity are “marked as Christ’s own forever,” as our prayer book says, and become full members of Christ’s body, the Church. Baptism is not simply a naming ceremony or rite of passage; it creates an indissoluble bond between the individual and the worshiping community. It is therefore appropriate for both the youngest child and the oldest adult. The Episcopal Church recognizes baptisms from all other Christian denominations. Because we believe baptism requires the affirmation of the community, it ordinarily takes place on Sunday morning during worship. Barring unusual circumstances, we do not conduct “private baptisms.” Baptisms may be scheduled throughout the year, though usually not during the Lenten season. If you're interested in preparing yourself or a child for baptism, or just want to learn more about what's involved, please contact us.
A wedding is a joyful occasion, but within the Church it is also a solemn and sacramental act undertaken in the presence of God. At the Church of the Ascension, we hope that couples being married in the church will have an ongoing relationship with the parish. If you are planning a wedding and also looking for a church home, we warmly welcome you to come and sample the life of this community. Within the discretion of the Rector, weddings may be performed for Episcopalians from other parishes. More details are available below, or contact us for additional information.
Funerals and Memorials
As Christians, we know that death does not have the final word. As we profess in the Apostles' Creed, we believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. The Church of the Ascension is available to perform funerals and memorial services for parishioners and non-parishioners alike. The full burial office according to the Book of Common Prayer may be performed, or a short and simple Committal at the interment site. In the early 1980’s, the Church of the Ascension established a Memorial Garden adjacent to the north side of its historic sanctuary. Though its primary purpose is to serve as a place for the interment of ashes within the grounds of the church, it is also a beautiful and quiet setting for reflection and prayer. Please contact us for more information.
The Episcopal Church of the Ascension
25 East Laurel Ave
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
8:00 a.m. - The Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
10:15 a.m. - The Holy Eucharist (Rite II, with music)
Childcare is available at both services