seminary-chapelPlease keep the Virginia Theological Seminary community, faculty, staff, students, and alumni in your prayers. Today the seminary chapel caught fire and was completely destroyed. The chapel was built in the 1880s. All the stained glass windows, the entire roof, everything on the inside is now gone.

Literally thousands of clergy prayed in that chapel daily, among the incalculable weddings, funerals, sermons, ordinations, baptisms, confirmations, and other services performed there.

It didn’t really hit me until I saw some pictures of the damage. It made me remember how we all stood in the grove around the chapel and watched another pillar of smoke coming from the Pentagon, which is only a few miles away, on September 11, 2001. That was the chapel we gathered in on that dreadful day and sought solace and peace in a world that was changing before our eyes.

Luckily, no one was hurt in the fire, and VTS will continue despite this heavy blow. The Church of course is not a building, but the people who God draws together in such a community. Even though that is true, the chapel, and especially the window behind the altar which reminded us all daily to “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel,” was the symbol of the VTS community, and to see it gone is extremely sad.

Here is a link to some pictures, and below you’ll find the news report from a local Alexandria station.

News Coverage of VTS Seminary Chapel Fire