Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer, fasting, and repentance. It marks the beginning of the season of Lent and derives its name from the placing of ashes on one’s forehead. On campus, ashes are administered in the morning and afternoon by the campus chaplains.
The University of Lynchburg’s yearly celebration of its graduating students the evening before graduation. The service includes the awarding of honorary degrees, guest lecture, and music.
Blessing of the Animals & Doggies on the Dell
The Blessing of the Animals celebrates the Feast of Saint Francis with a blessing of animals and creations interdependence. It is a short service after the Doggies on the Dell event (faculty and staff bring their dogs for an afternoon of playtime on campus).
Multiple times a year, a candlelight service is held to commemorate the sacredness of students being welcomed into the campus community as well as to signify their connection with the Divine and with other members of the community.
Carols by Candlelight
A yearly tradition of singing carols, lighting a Christmas tree, and enjoying hot chocolate and snacks. This event is a joint effort hosted by the Spiritual Life Center and the Music Department.
New Student Convocation
The yearly academic service at the beginning of the school year to welcome the newest class of students into the community of the University.
A small sunrise service celebrating Easter, the Christian Holy Day commemorating the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah.
The Passover Seder is a Jewish ritual meal that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. In this service, our students participate in a traditional Jewish Seder meal, which includes the telling of the Exodus story, eating matzah, and partaking in the symbolic foods placed on the Seder plate.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
A community-wide event that celebrates the life and work of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The service includes song, celebration, guest speakers, and the words of King.
Weekly Roman Catholic Mass
Every Sunday at 430pm is a weekly Mass for Catholic students, faculty, and staff. The service is led by a local priest and coordinator by the Spiritual Life Center’s Catholic Chaplain.
Quaker Meeting Weekly Service
The traditional Quaker Meeting, an unprogrammed worship service of silence, is held on Sundays at 10:30am in the Spiritual Life Center.
Service of Remembrance
A yearly service held in Snidow Chapel the honors and remembers those family members, friends, or students who have died in the last year. It is in conjunction with the Christian holiday, All Saints Day.
Sukkot, also translated as the Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Booths, is a biblical Jewish holiday, following one of three festivals the ancient Israelites were commanded to perform as a pilgrimage to the Temple. Join us for a meal and prayer in the Sukkot outside the Spiritual Life Center.
Vespers is a contemplative experiential service drawing from multiple Christian traditions. It is a space for students to encounter God in a nonjudgmental and safe space. Vespers meets Sundays at 9 p.m. in Snidow Chapel.