Worship at VTS aims to model best practices in Episcopal worship, as well as to represent the cultural diversity of the Episcopal Church, and the range of worship found there. In addition, we seek not only to follow our liturgical traditions faithfully, but also to explore the space for creativity within those traditions.
These commitments mean that VTS worship offers a range of worship styles and practices. One reason for this is so that students can be exposed to the wealth and variety that exists in Episcopal worship, so they can use it in their ministries.
Our worship schedule reflects these commitments. On Monday, we offer sung Morning Prayer, followed by a spoken Eucharist; both services alternate weekly between Rites I and II. The Tuesday Eucharist alternates between a Eucharist in Spanish, ecumenical liturgies, and an Ordo Eucharist, in which students plan and write the liturgy within the framework of the Eucharistic ordo. Our Thursday evening Eucharist is intergenerational (see tomorrow’s Commentary for more information on this service!). The Friday Morning Worship service does not use the BCP’s Morning Prayer office, providing an opportunity for different types of worship to be offered. At the Friday Eucharist, we offer prayers for healing.
One change to our schedule this year is to make the Wednesday morning Eucharist the principal liturgy of the week, which all faculty and students are expected to attend. The service begins at 8:15 am, providing space for the choir to sing, and for faculty to preach a fuller sermon than the other Eucharists can accommodate.
The Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Chapel and the Associate Professor of Homiletics