Diocese: Diocese of the Midwest
Deanery: Michigan Deanery
810 Austin Ave
Albion, Michigan 49224
PO Box 367
Albion MI 49224-0367
Marshall, MI 49068
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Albion is located in south-central Michigan, between Marshall and Jackson.
From I-94 exit on exit number 121 and go south into Albion on “28 Mile Rd” for approximately 1 mile to the second stop light, Austin Ave. Go right on Austin Ave for 1/2 mile and the Church is on the right hand side across from the foundry. The address is 810 Austin and the building is white with a small blue dome.
Schedule of Services
Services are in English.
6:00 PM Great Vespers followed by Adult Education.
9:30 AM Hours.
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy, followed by a fellowship hour.
6:00 PM Vespers.
Eves of Great Feasts
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Mornings of Great Feasts
6:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.
Wednesday Evenings in Great Lent
11:30 PM Matins and Liturgy, followed by a feast in the parish hall.
Paschal Vigil (Easter Sunday Eve)
Confessions are heard by appointment
Many Eastern European immigrant workers arrived in Albion shortly after the turn of the 20th century. One of their first concerns was to build a church. With the help of a local iron foundry, for which most of them worked, as well as some local fund raising, they were able to build and finally consecrate Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in 1916.
The community at Holy Ascension has continued to be an important part of the Albion community throughout its presence there. As many Orthodox Churches founded at that time, Holy Ascension was very much focused on the needs of its Orthodox immigrants. Since then, however, its population has changed to a diverse group of Americans, both convert and Orthodox-born, as well and second and third generation Russians, Greeks, etc.
For a few years the parish struggled under intermittent pastoral care. Our current priest, Fr. Joshua, arrived with his family in October of 2002. Since then, we have been able to have a full liturgical schedule, with Vespers and Divine Liturgy every weekend, as well as feasts, etc. We also now have weekly adult education and Sunday School for children.