Like other churches in the Diocese of Virginia and neighboring dioceses, St. Stephen's Church suspended Sunday services March 15 until further notice, to safeguard the health and well-being of all during the global COVID-19 pandemic. In response, St. Stephen's is producing a series of videos for you to use at home as you observe the Sabbath, Holy Week, and Easter.
PLEASE NOTE: We are committed to observing guidance from public health, government, and diocesan leaders about best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-10. Some of these produced videos include footage taped before shelter-in-place protocols were directed by the Governor of Virginia, and before the most recent guidelines from our bishops about refraining from livestreaming or recording from our church buildings.
May 31, 2020, the Day of Pentecost video | Program (PDF download) | Link to the Lectionary Page
May 24, 2020, the Seventh Sunday of Easter video | Program (PDF download)| Link to the Lectionary Page
May 17, 2020, the Sixth Sunday of Easter video | Program (PDF download)| Link to the Lectionary Page
May 10, 2020, the Fifth Sunday of Easter video | Program (PDF download) | Link to the Lectionary Page
May 3, 2020, the Fourth Sunday of Easter video | Program (PDF download)| Link to this week's lessons on the Lectionary Page
April 26, the Third Sunday of Easter video | Program (PDF download)| Link to this week's lessons on the Lectionary Page | Information on Sunday Forum online
April 19, the Second Sunday of Easter video | Program (PDF download)| Link to poem read during the service
April 11, Easter Vigil/Easter Day video | Program
April 10, Good Friday video | Program
April 9, Maundy Thursday video | Program | Link to livestream page for all-night prayer vigil (goes live at 8 p.m. you may wish to mute it until then)
April 5, Palm Sunday video | Program | Link to lessons on Lectionary Page
March 29 video | Program | Link to lessons on the Lectionary Page
March 22 video | Program | Link to lessons on the Lectionary Page
March 15 video | Link to lessons on the Lectionary Page
In preparation for each service, you may wish to have your Book of Common Prayer on hand. (If you don't have a prayer book at home, you can use this online version.)
The Daily Office
We began offering Daily Morning Prayer: Rite II via live feed each weekday at 8:10 a.m. during Holy Week, and have continued to offer it during the Easter season with permission of our bishop. Here's a link to the live feed. The service begins on page 75 of the Book of Common Prayer; an order of service is here (PDF download). Please note: for the health and safety of all, there is only one person in the chapel at the Morning Prayer service.
Other resources for prayer and reflection at home:
- Video reflections by Gary Jones
- Contemplative prayer sessions on Zoom
- Weekly Bible Study
- Wellspring (poetry guide)
- Compline at St. Stephen's
- Sermons audio page
- Celtic service reflections audio page
- The Rector's Blog
- Forward Day by Day
RELATED: The latest information on our response to the COVID-19 situation is here.
Read about the online Sunday Forum here.