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Immanuel Chapel

Completed in 2015, Immanuel Chapel sits at the entrance to Virginia Theological Seminary, within a "Worship and Welcome Quad." 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. The VTS community shares this holy space with the parishoners of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill.
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This Chapel provides hope to the people of God in our increasingly secular age. Each element of design of the chapel forms a deep symbolism. It is a Christocentric chapel in many ways – the Icon of the Incarnation hanging in the ambulatory, the Alpha and the Omega inscribed in the organ woodwork, the four Gospel symbols captured in the ambo, the stations of the cross marked with simplicity around the edge of the chapel, and on the way in you walk near the sculpture of the prophet Mary, as she carries the Christ child. It is a Communion chapel – with the Cross of Nails linking us with the reconciliation work of Coventry Cathedral and with a stone from Canterbury Cathedral right in the middle of the altar.  The Christocentric and Communion Chapel is supplemented with the celebration of the Trinity in the remarkable pieces of art that grace the space as our windows.

Sermons from Immanuel Chapel

Faculty regularly preach during the Morning Eucharist and TNL services. Below are recordings of sermons from faculty and administration as well as guest preachers from the VTS community.

Report on Immanuel Chapel

From Groundbreaking to Consecration

Daily Worship

List of 3 events.

  • Service of Light and Presentation of the Dean's Cross

    A traditional highlight of December for the Seminary community is the Awarding of the Dean’s Cross. This year, the award will be made during an online Service of Light, on Sunday, December 6, at 4:30 p.m. EST. This year’s Dean’s Cross recipient is the Class of 2020, and each member of the Class will receive a Dean’s Cross. The service will also include the awarding of honorary degrees for our 2020 recipients. Also being recognized on this occasion are the May 2020 Doctor of Ministry candidates.

    Please join us for this joyous occasion, designed and planned by faculty and staff from Academic Affairs, Chapel, Communications, and the Dean’s Office. The service will take place entirely online and is accessible by visiting the VTS website homepage.
  • Pop-up Natvity Display 6:00 PM

    Drive through  the story of the Holy Family as they journey to the stable to give birth to Christ.
    Chuck McCoart
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  • Christmas Eve Service 3:00 PM

    Christmas Eve Service - Emmanuel on Russell Road
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More Events

List of 11 items.

  • Main Space

  • Memorial Chapel

  • Stations of the Cross

    Minimalist sconces with crosses line the walls of the transepts around the chapel.
  • Organ

    The Immanuel Chapel’s tracker-action organ built by Taylor and Boody Organbuilders of Staunton, VA..
  • Chapel Garden

    Built on the footprint of the 1881 chapel, the Chapel Garden is beautiful outdoor sacred space for communal worship and individual meditation.
  • Choir Room

  • Oratory

  • Bell Tower

    Immanuel Chapel is home to eight change ringing bells, crafted by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in England.
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  • Chapel Parlor

  • Design by Robert AM Stern Architects

    Robert A.M. Stern is an internationally-acclaimed architect. He specializes in projects that draw on vernacular context and local tradition.
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  • LEED Certification

    Immanuel Chapel is LEED-certified Gold for its sustainable and innovative design. As a resource efficient building, it uses less water and energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.  LEED-certification is one of many ways VTS is living into its commitment to environmental, social, and economic progress.
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Resident Congregations at Immanuel Chapel

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