ALEXANDRIA, VA – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is proud to announce the release of a new video, The Way of the Cross, for use in worship and individual devotion during the season of Lent. The video includes images of the Stations of the Cross by adjunct instructor Margaret “Peggy” Adams Parker and music composed by Marty Wheeler Burnett, D.Min., acting associate dean of chapel, associate professor of church music, and director of chapel music
“In this era of online worship, many smaller parishes struggle with video production and copyright permissions,” said Burnett. “Even in larger parishes, staff members are facing exhaustion and burnout as they cope with the ongoing pandemic. As a way of sharing our resources, VTS is offering this video as a gift to the wider church.”
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS, agrees: “In this age of pandemic, beautiful initiatives are emerging. This ‘stations of the cross’ resource is exceptional. Combining the art of Peggy Parker, with the music of Marty Wheeler Burnett, and the insights of James Farwell, we have a devotional tool that really helps you walk with Jesus in his journey to the cross.”
The devotion known as the Way of the Cross, found in The Book of Occasional Services, is an adaptation of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem. Through scripture, art, and music, the video invites us to walk with Christians of every generation on a virtual pilgrimage, meditating on our Lord’s passion and death.
Burnett added, “The video will also be useful for individuals and small groups to use throughout the season. At VTS, we will use The Way of the Cross in worship on Friday mornings in Lent.”
Along with the video, Lifelong Learning at VTS is providing a set of accompanying questions for reflection and discussion, free of charge for parishes, dioceses, ministry networks, and friends. Spanish language versions of the video and supplemental materials will be available in the days ahead through the Building Faith website.
Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online: www.vts.edu.