Nashotah House is notable for its strong emphasis on formation, accomplished through the practice of regular attendance of services and prayer. Day in and day out, Morning and Evening Prayer and the Holy Eucharist are offered, with the only exception being Sunday mornings, when our students are encouraged to be involved in the greater community through their local parishes.
But what about during the summer? Even now, when Nashotah’s campus is quiet, our cycle of chapel services continues. During the summer months, except when distance students are on campus, services are in the chapel of St. Sylvanus, commonly known as the “Red Chapel.” A small team of Summer Sacristans keeps things going, serving our community so that each day, our round of services continue.
Our community continues. Residential Students and their families come and go throughout the summer as CPE and parish field assignments begin and end. Distance and post-gradute students arrive mid-summer, and our faculty and staff work hard preparing for the coming academic year. Our Summer Sacristans make it possible for all to come to chapel and worship.
In the same way as the presence lamp burns continuously in front of the Tabernacle, a flame which constantly reminds us that Christ is present; the continued prayers of the faithful are symbolic that the church’s heart continues to beat, and also is that heart; the prayers and praises of God’s people.