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Theological Education Sunday

Theological Education Sunday

Every year Virginia Theological Seminary honors Theological Education Sunday. Held the first Sunday of February, TES is the day set aside to offer prayers and support for theological education for all the baptized of our Church. VTS celebrates Theological Education Sunday by sending faculty, staff, and students to preach and teach in parishes around the country. Take advantage of the opportunity to have a VTS representative at your parish, who will lift up and celebrate seminary and lifelong education in the church.
 
If your parish is interested in having a Seminary representative on Theological Education Sunday, please contact Shelagh Casey Brown at 703-461-1711 or scbrown@vts.edu.
We are grateful to the Rev. Dr. Leon Spencer ('89), for sharing these adapted collects for Theological Education Sunday.

Collect for Theological Education Sunday
Almighty God,
You have enlightened your Church
By the teaching of our theological seminaries;
Enrich them evermore with your heavenly grace,
Bless and guide those within who teach and who learn;
Deepen their love and strengthen their faith
So that they may be formed to lead us
To proclaim the truth of your salvation,
To the glory of your Name.

(Adapted from A New Zealand Prayer Book)
 
Collect for a Seminarian on Theological Education Sunday
We give you thanks especially for N.;
Fill him with faith, hope and love
As he is formed for the ordained ministry;
May he be imaginative, expectant and willing to learn
So that by his life and ministry
We shall know that Christ dwells in his heart;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
Collect for African Theological Education
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, the only source of light and life;
Send down upon our theological schools the rich gift of the good spirit,
That in them your truth may be sincerely sought, effectually received, and obediently followed,
And that in growing measure they may become centres of inspiration.
Endue their teachers with wisdom, zeal and patience,
Inspire their scholars with the spirit of truth, honor and humility;
And grant that from all members of the church which they serve
They may receive willing and generous support,
For the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
(Adapted from An Anglican Prayer Book (Southern Africa) at Bishop Tucker Theological College, Uganda. It can also be found in A Book of Offices and Prayers for Priest and People and in Prayers for Priest and People, the Parish and the Home, and in Forward Movement’s Prayers for All Occasions.)
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