Wednesday Evening Lenten Program

Join us during the 2019 Lenten season for a special series of programs on Wednesday evenings exploring historical highlights in the formation of the Anglican and Episcopal churches. Our distinguished guest speaker will be Dr. Hannah Matis of the Virginia Theological Seminary. Please join us for a light dinner and fascinating program!

The programs will be held on March 20, 27, April 3, and April 10, as follows:

  • 6:00pm: Stations of the Cross (see below)
  • 6:30pm: Soup & Salad Dinner
  • 7:00pm: Program Lecture

March 20 – We will start the series with a special evening of photos and stories from Fr. Jeff and Kate’s experiences on sabbatical last year. Come see how your rector spent three months in Europe!

March 27 – The English Reformation: We all know that Henry VIII needed his divorce, but what did that mean for the church? We look at the ways in which the Reformation happened differently in England than in the rest of the world, and what that means for us today.

April 3 – The English Civil War, Plymouth, and Jamestown:  Who were the Pilgrims who came to Plymouth Rock? Who came to Jamestown, and why does that matter? We look at the divided legacy of the English Civil War and what that means for the religious landscape of America.

April 10 – The Revolutionary War and the Founding of the Episcopal Church: In many ways, the Episcopal Church’s darkest moment was its beginning, in the wake of the American fight for independence.  We look at what revolution meant for the church in the colonies and how it impacted the founding of the Episcopal Church.

Our Speaker

Hannah Matis, PhD

Dr. Matis is Assistant Professor of Church History at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS). She joined the VTS faculty in 2014. Her research is in early medieval biblical interpretation, and she is the author of the forthcoming book, The Song of Songs in the Early Middle Ages (Brill, 2019).

A historian by training from The Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame, her work has always been interdisciplinary. She is interested broadly in medieval history, medieval biblical interpretation, Anglican studies, and the history of spirituality, particularly the religious experience of women. She also holds a master’s degree in medieval history from the University of Durham.

The Stations of the Cross are a devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of his last day, beginning with his condemnation.

The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ’s last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.

Join us prior to each Wednesday evening Lenten program at 6pm for the Stations of the Cross.