Worship and Spiritual Life

Formation for ministry, whether lay or ordained, involves the integration of knowledge and experience on many levels: intellectual, emotional, familial, and spiritual. At Virginia Seminary, we believe that formation occurs as students and faculty go about the daily rounds of prayer, worship, study, and participation in the life of the community. Chapel, classroom, and refectory: these arenas have long been known as places where formation occurs, as students and faculty seek to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Christian life.

For many people, these traditional means of formation are supplemented and enhanced by personal disciplines. Small groups are often formed for Bible study, prayer, and personal sharing. In addition, many students seek the guidance of a spiritual director, with whom they meet periodically to reflect on their relationship with God, and to discern the working of the Holy Spirit in their lives.


Worship at Virginia Seminary is first and foremost a communal act of thanksgiving and praise of the God who has created and redeemed humankind through Jesus Christ. It is at the heart of what we do, central to understanding that theological education flows out of worship.
Spiritual Life
Virginia Seminary has arranged for a number of men and women to come to the campus on a regular basis, to serve as spiritual directors for those students who wish to seek individual or group direction, or to participate in a contemplative prayer group. They represent a wide spectrum of the ministry of the Church: Anglicans, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics, lay and ordained, women and men, parish clergy, non-parochial clergy, lay professionals, writers, and retreat leaders. At the beginning of the academic year, an orientation session is scheduled to inform new members of the community about the opportunities for spiritual formation, and to acquaint them with the individuals who make themselves available to serve as directors. No student is required to engage in spiritual direction, but all are urged to consider prayerfully ways in which they can deepen their relationship with God. It is our hope that students who come here will seek out opportunities and means to reflect on God’s action in their lives, and that the Seminary can respond by making available resources to help individuals in their quest.
Daily Worship
Morning Prayer
8:15 AM to 8:45 AM
Location: LPE Interim Chapel

Holy Eucharist
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: LPE Interim Chapel

Evening Prayer
5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: LPE Interim Chapel
Quiet Day
Two Quiet Days are observed in each academic year, one in September and the other on Ash Wednesday. Classes are suspended and silence is observed for the day so that the community can draw together to hear meditations and to pray both corporately and individually. Freedom from speaking allows the other senses to be heightened and attentive to the presence and movement of the Holy Spirit.