Chapel of St. George

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The Chapel of St. George 

 

Sunday Liturgies

Sunday worship is offered weekly at 9:30am. We are currently celebrating the Holy Eucharist in the Chapel four Sundays a month, on the firstsecondthird, and fourth Sundays. (The third Sunday is hybrid; the first, second, and fourth Sundays are in-person only.)

On fifth Sundays, when they occur, we meet on Zoom for a Morning Prayer Liturgy with our friends from afar, who cannot be with us in person. The permanent link for these and the hybrid services is included below. 

All are welcome to join us for Liturgy, whether in person or from afar.

Our Liturgies express a theology and a spirituality that is expansive, Creation-oriented, and inclusive, with a special focus on the sacred feminine.

Please contact Fr. Brendan, our Interim Chaplain, for further information about the Chapel congregation, our services, and other programming: chaplain@bishopsranch.org

Zoom Link for Online Services

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4889150046?pwd=WEI0bENuYnFUL1dxVHBSbUpDckFxZz09

Meeting ID: 488 915 0046
Passcode: 326792

 

Daily Morning and Evening Prayer

Morning Prayer (‘Matins’) and Evening Prayer (‘Vespers’), each preceded by thirty minutes of silent meditation, are offered daily in the Chapel each week, all year round, Tuesday through Saturday. (There are no Morning and Evening Prayer services or sitting meditation sessions in the Chapel on Sundays and Mondays.) Morning and Evening Prayer Liturgies are of a contemplative character, and vary somewhat in structure, but generally express the same theology as our Sunday Liturgies. We very rarely use The Book of Common Prayer for daily prayer in the Chapel. Daily meditation and prayer services are led either by the Chaplain or our Prayer Resident. Morning and Evening Prayer always conclude before the meal times that follow them. A few minutes before the Liturgies begin, we ring the Chapel bell, typically five times, sending love and peace to the five directions.

Our commitment to the sacred tradition of tending the flame of daily prayer, and of interceding for one another and the world, is rooted in the depths of monastic tradition, and in an ancient, contemplative expression of Christian life. We warmly invite all to join us in this sacred and beautiful practice, and to experience the life giving space it creates both within and without.

 

Schedule of Morning and Evening Prayer:

 

Silent Morning Meditation — 7:00am

Morning Prayer Liturgy — 7:30am

Silent Evening Meditation — 5:30pm

Evening Prayer Liturgy — 6:00pm

 
 

The Chapel of St. Georgechapelspring

  • The Chapel of St. George was built in 1955 as a chapel peculiar of Grace Cathedral under the leadership of Bishop Karl Morgan Block. It was the first new building constructed after the Diocese of California purchased the Ranch from the White family in 1947.
  • Saint George of Lydda, the Patron of our Chapel, was, according to tradition, a Roman soldier of Cappadocian Greek origin, who served in the Guard of Diocletian. One of the most venerated Saints in the Anglican jurisdiction, he is considered the Patron Saint of England and also of farmers. He is immortalized in the legend of his defeat of a dragon that had long been harassing a Cappadocian village, demanding annual human sacrifices of its people. Following his slaying of the dragon, St. George is said to have been martyred in 303 in the pre-Constantinian persecutions for refusing to recant his Christian faith.
  • The Windows on the north wall, in the sanctuary, and in the nave are the work of glass artist Irmi Steding. The guiding idea of the windows in the sanctuary is to provide non-representational inspiration for meditation. The windows in the nave follow the theme of the song-prayer of St. Francis, the Canticle of the Sun.
  • Franciscan Friars of the Episcopal Church managed the Ranch and offered daily worship in the Chapel from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s, and the beautiful marks of their time of stewardship and ministry here can be seen not only in The Chapel of St. George (for instance, in the Franciscan window above the choir loft and the statue of St. Francis to the right of the chancel), but all around the campus of the Ranch.
  • Prayer Resident Program — The Volunteer Prayer Resident is a short-term position typically lasting one month. The prayer resident leads daily meditation, Morning and Evening Prayer, and takes part in the spiritual life and ministry of hospitality at the Ranch. [More information and application.]
  • Baptismal Font — As you enter the Chapel and come into the narthex, you will see our beautiful baptismal font, which was handcrafted by two local artists: Philip Caswell and Caryl Castleberry. Mr. Caswell crafted the stand, and Ms. Castleberry sculpted the bronze bowl which holds the blessed water.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe — To the left of the chancel, above the vigil candles and prayer station, hangs a gorgeous retablo of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas. The Chapel and Ranch community has a great love for the Blessed Mother, and many folks have knelt and prayed at the prayer station to Our Lady over decades of time. The retablo of Our Lady of Guadalupe that currently forms the centerpiece of this shrine was ‘written’ (hand painted) in the traditional Spanish colonial style by renown Santera, Catherine Robles Shaw (of New Mexico and Colorado). The retablo was given as a special gift by our Chaplain Emerita, The Rev. Pat Moore.ChapelWindow