Welcome to ChapelVue, our online worship community
Welcome to Christ Chapel online. As part of our response to COVID-19, we are not physically gathering for worship in Christ Chapel. But as a community of faith, we continue to worship God in community. Here you can find resources for engaging with our worship, as well as ways to connect with students, faculty, and alum as they worship in their own homes.
Noonday Prayer – sometimes with a short homily – is held Monday-Thursday at 11:45 am via Zoom. Members of the Southwest Community can find links on their Populi dashboard, or on the Campus Calendar.
On Tuesdays, Noonday Prayer is in Spanish. The Spanish prayerbook text can be found here.
ChapelVue services (hosted via Zoom meetings) will be recorded and shared daily on this website, and posted on Facebook.
Chapel Connection: Staying spiritually present
Here are resources, ideas, and photos, videos, and more that show how members of the SSW community continues to connect with their faith during this time. If you have photos, ideas about how to connect, or anything you want to share, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Reflection from Drew for the Feast of Julian of Norwich
Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds,
Greetings friends! I hope this message finds you well and surviving these difficult times. I choose to write to you on the Feast of Julian of Norwich for a few reasons. One is that I was originally supposed to preach my last sermon in Christ Chapel on this day and also being an associate in the Episcopal monastic Order of Julian of Norwich, much of my theology has been formed by Julian and her revelations. But what I find especially relevant today is Julian experienced what she called her showings while sick in the midst of the plague. I find this story especially relevant today as we are in the midst of a struggle with an invisible enemy.
Many of you know Julian’s story but for those of you who do not, Julian became extremely sick and many think she may have contracted the plague. As she lay in bed near death her curate was summoned to administer the last rites. A crucifix was held above her as this service was being conducted on May 8, 1373 and it was at this moment that Julian received a series of sixteen visions into Christ’ suffering. Julian would recover and write down these visions in what would she called her “Showings.” Over the next twenty plus years, Julian would reflect on these visions and eventually write Revelations of Divine Love. It is believed that this was the first book written by a woman in Europe.
In the Epistle reading for Julian’s feast day we hear in Hebrews first about having access to the sanctuary through Christ’ flesh and blood. Further we hear about the cleansing nature of Christ’ love for us in the metaphor of pure water. Julian wanted to know Christ through his suffering. She wished to suffer as he did. What Julian learned was that she could not suffer as Christ suffered because Jesus suffering surpassed all understanding. What she did understand is that Jesus’ love for us also surpasses all understanding and that if he could have suffered more for us, he would have. Julian writes:
I set my eyes on the same cross that had comforted me before: I set my tongue to speak of Christ’s Passion and to recite the creed. I set my heart on God with all my trust and with all my might.
It is God’s will that I should see myself as bound to him in love as if all that he has done for me alone. And so should every soul think inwardly of its lover.
He wills that our hearts should be lifted high above the depths of earthly and vain sorrows, and rejoice in him.
He loves and enjoys us, and so he wills that we love him and enjoy him, and firmly trust him; and all shall be well.
I found the words in the reading from Hebrews especially powerful during this time of quarantining and social distancing. I know that sometimes our patience can be tested and fatigue sets in but remember, we are called “to provoke one another in love and good deeds.” Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. We know that this pandemic will pass. There are many healthcare workers treating the ill and searching diligently for a cure. We are called to love our neighbor by doing our part.
The rite for admission to the Order of Julian of Norwich concludes with the associate praying this prayer:
God, of your goodness, give me yourself,
for you are enough for me,
and I ask for nothing less that is to your glory.
And if I ask for anything less,
I shall be in want,
for only in you have I all;
through your risen Son, and the Spirit of Love,
who together with you live and reign, one God,
now and forever. Amen.
Let us seek to find Jesus in all things and especially in the midst of so much suffering and fear knowing that he is always in the boat with us and especially during the storm.
Grace and peace to you,
Lord God, in your compassion you granted to the Lady Julian many revelations of your nurturing and sustaining love: Move our hearts, like hers, to seek you above all things, for in giving us yourself you give us all; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
PDF of the prayer is available HERE.
Resources for worship
- Noonday Prayer on Zoom (Monday-Thursday, 11:45am)
- On Monday’s, Dean Kittredge will lead Noonday Prayer and will make community announcements after
- Student Led Morning and Evening Prayer on Zoom, Monday-Friday at 9:30 am and 5:00 pm. Please see your daily email for the link.
- If you’d like to continue observing Feast Days that we celebrate in Christ Chapel, here is the Christ Chapel Daily Eucharistic Lectionary (you must be logged in to Google Drive with your SSW email to view).
Weekly Chapel Prayer List
This week we pray for…
- God’s blessing on the ministries of our graduates, Charles, Minerva, Peter, Debby, Michele, Ellen, Daniel, Hadley, Meg, Kim, JC, John, Michael, Ramona, Joshua, Rick, Paula, Jonathan, Brian, and Marilee.
- Those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, those in our community who are ill, whose family members are ill, who are caregivers, or who are struggling financially.
- Those who have been commended to our prayers, especially Nan.