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Immanuel Chapel dedicated at Virginia Theological Seminary

Immanuel Chapel dedicated at Virginia Theological Seminary

“Peace be to this house, and to all who enter here…”

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori opened the doors of Immanuel Chapel yesterday morning in a service of consecration and dedication; Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, preached. The service leaflet is available as a pdf here, and the VTS press release can be found here.

A 4:00 Evensong, with the Archbishop officiating, and the 25th Presiding Bishop, Frank T. Griswold III, blessing the change ringing bells.

The coming year will be a continued celebration of the chapel, which replaces the chapel that burned in 2010, with events including exhibits, a hymn sing with Alice Parker among others, organ recitals, a storytellers class by Donald Davis, lectures and talks by speakers including Katharine Jefferts Schori and other events: the schedule can be found here.

The morning service can be viewed here:

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Paul Woodrum

The reference was to the new chapel, including, but not limited to the conventional design of the new vestments, the total confusion in placement of the ornaments, and the faux Georgian style, but not the episcopal attire though, now that you mention it, choir habit (that long predates the 18th century) does seem somewhat inappropriate for the Eucharist ministers.

I like the ambulatory and the bells and have read that there are restrooms and that they are very nice. Full disclosure: I've not seen the chapel except through pictures and the dedication videos.

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Jeremy Bates

The Georgian style seems quite genuine to me. Whether to opt for a traditional style is a fair question, but to call this "faux" is a stretch.

This chapel is a new adaptation of the Virgina religious vernacular. Even the bricks are of Virginia clay.

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Pegram Johnson III

In reference to the third remark above, I beg to disagree. A cope and miter does not make the bishop more holy, more erudite, more in touch with our world. By the same token, the rochet is simply a period piece and does not indicate an 18th century mind. Many prefer for their Fathers in God and Mothers in God not to be tarted up in a futile attempt to replicate Joseph's coat of many colors.

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Paul Woodrum

Such a pedestrian look back at an imaginary 18th century in a contra-indicated effort to prepare priests for the 21st.

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Tom Sramek Jr

The Choral Evensong service held later that day is here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXCuMv58URs

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Lynn Hade

Thank you for posting the service leaflet. This GTS grad rejoices with you on the dedication of your new chapel. What a beautiful service.

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