Lenten Quiet Day

Certainty in Uncertain Times

A Quiet Day provides an extended period for meditation, devotional reading, contemplation, and simply being attentive to God. Freedom from speaking allows the senses to be heightened, increasing awareness of the presence and movement of the Holy Spirit in our midst. The community is invited to enter this holy silence from the end of the morning reflection until Evening Prayer, reflecting on the Lenten themes of repentance and renewal.

Worship Schedule

Zoom links are found in the Worship area on the Hub. Video links are posted below.

8:15 a.m. Eucharistic Liturgy of the Word
The Very Rev. Ian Markham, presider, followed by a reflection by the Rt. Rev. Phoebe Roaf ’08

  • Spiritual direction is available throughout the day for those who pre-registered
  • We encourage the use of St. Cyprian’s Labyrinth and the Chapel Garden for prayer and reflection
  • The Welcome Center Library will offer a display of suggested books

Immanuel Chapel will be in use as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on this day and will not be available.

12:00 p.m. An Order of Service for Noonday
Followed by a musical meditation by the Rev. Rick Lord ’81

4:00 p.m. Evening Prayer
The liturgy will begin with a prelude, accompanied by a slideshow of photographs submitted by members of the VTS community. A reflection by the Rt. Rev. Phoebe Roaf concludes the day.

Rick Lord Guitar

About the Speaker

A lifelong Episcopalian, the Rt. Rev. Phoebe Roaf ’08 earned degrees from Harvard College, the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, before clerking for two years for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. She graduated from VTS with an M.Div. in 2008, and currently serves the Seminary as the vice-chair of the Board of Trustees.

Bishop Roaf previously served as rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, VA, and as associate rector at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans. She was consecrated as the fourth bishop of West Tennessee in May 2019 and is both the first woman and the first African-American to lead The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee.

About the Musician

The Rev. Rick Lord ’81 is an Episcopal priest and classical guitarist currently assisting at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ivy, VA. He earned an undergraduate degree in Guitar Performance from Catholic University in 1976 before pursuing theological training at Virginia Theological Seminary and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.

Recently retired after 22 years as rector of Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, VA, Rev. Lord has continued to play and study alongside his active ministry for the last 38 years. He is currently a member of the Classical Guitar Corner Academy, an online learning community of guitar students from around the world. Rev. Lord enjoys sharing his love for the instrument and its repertoire and often plays for homebound parishioners and for patients when he visits local hospitals. His recent CDs, “The Ivy Recordings” and “Gentle Darkness – Gladsome Light” are available for download online at www.ricklord.org

Musical Selections

Create Your Own Quiet Day

Could you use a Quiet Day this Lent? This spiritual practice is for everyone – not only seminarians. Use the materials above to design your own day of prayer, reflection, and spiritual refreshment. Spoken and musical reflections, personal devotions created by students on our worship committee, and a reading list are available. We are aware that many parishes and dioceses have been forced to cancel Quiet Days due to the pandemic. Please utilize and share our resources during this holy season of repentance and renewal.