The Call of Peter

The Rev. Craig Biddle, III

Matthew 4:18-20 (The Message)
Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing their nets into the lake. It was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed.
The story)

A sculpture by the Rev. Craig Biddle, III, entitled, “The Call of Peter”

A prayer for your journey:
I thank you, Christ Jesus, for calling me to do hard things, things that demand my very best.

Ruth and Naomi

Margaret Ann Parker, 1996

Ruth 1:16-17 (The Message)
But Ruth said, “Don’t force me to leave you; don’t make me go home. Where you go, I go; and where you live, I’ll live. Your people are my people, your God is my god; where you die, I’ll die, and that’s where I’ll be buried, so help me God—not even death itself is going to come between us!” (
The story)

A 1996 sculpture by Margaret Ann (Peggy) Parker located at Virginia Theological Seminary entitled, "Ruth and Naomi"

A prayer for your journey:
I thank you, Christ Jesus, for giving us companions—however unlikely—to share carry out our call with us.

Mary and Elizabeth

Margaret Ann Parker, 2015

Luke 1:41-42 (The Message)

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly, “You’re so blessed among women, and the babe in your womb, also blessed!” (The story)

A 2015 sculpture by Margaret Ann (Peggy) Parker at Virginia Theological Seminary entitled, "Mary as Prophet"

A prayer for your journey:
I thank you, Christ Jesus, for helping me to recognize you however you appear in my life.

Assyrian Relief

A Winged Genius on one of two reliefs from the Temple of Nimrud near Mosul, Iraq. It hung in the library at Virginia Theological Seminary for 150 years until October 31, 2018, when it sold for $30,968,750 at Christie’s in New York to fund a scholarship program. “The reliefs were designed to impress and overwhelm,” explains G. Max Bernheimer, International Head of Antiquities at Christie’s in New York. “Every aspect was related to the strength and power of the king.” (VTS story) (Cristie’s Story)

A prayer for your journey:
I thank you, Christ Jesus, for giving me everything I need to do what you are calling me to do.

Dove window

Brian Clarke, 2018


Located in Immanuel Chapel over the baptismal font.

Matthew 3:16-17 (The Message)
The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit—it looked like a dove—descending and landing on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.” (The story)

A prayer for your journey:
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the ways in which you delight in me.

Incarnation window

Brian Clarke, 2018


Located in Immanuel Chapel, this window represents the Incarnation. It depicts the light from “the parable of the sower” window in Canterbury Cathedral, the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Mark 4:8 (The Message)
Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold. (
The story)

A prayer for your journey:
Till my soil, Christ Jesus, so that I bear the fruit you created me to bear. 

LeCompte Windows

Rowan Keith LeCompte and
IIrene Matz LeCompte, 1954

These windows depict scenes from the
Passion of Christ: 
Peter’s Denial, The Crucifixion, and Jesus Carries His Cross. They were given to the Seminary by the class of 1929 in 1954, in memory of Archie M. Quarrier, a classmate who had died during his middler year.

All three windows survived the 2010 fire which destroyed the 1881 Chapel. They are in the Oratory of the new Immanuel Chapel.

1954 stained glass windows depicting scenes from the Passion of Christ, by Rowan Keith LeCompte and wife Irene Matz LeCompte

A prayer for your journey:
Christ Jesus, help me to speak your name and carry your cross, whatever the cost.

Icon of the Incarnation

Olga Shalamova, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2015

Icon of the Incarnation is near the south transept of Immanuel Chapel, created. A votive light stand was made using iron salvaged from the 1881 Chapel. (The story)

Icon of the Incarnation in Immanuel Chapel at Virginia Theological Seminary

A prayer for your journey:
Help me, Christ Jesus, to bear you into our world.

Jesus cooking fish

David Lind, sculptor
Work is the gift of the Class of 2001

This sculpture is of the risen Jesus cooking breakfast for seven of his disciples. During the meal, Jesus asked Peter three times if Peter loved him, ending each time by instructing Peter to "Feed my sheep." In this way, Jesus let Peter know he was forgiven for denying Jesus three times just before he was crucified. 

John 21:1-19 (The Message)

A sculpture of the risen Christ cooking fish for his disiples

A prayer for your journey:
Help me, Jesus, to forgive those who have wronged me, as you have forgiven me.