There are several spaces throughout our campus, both indoors and out, designed to be havens of prayer, reflection and contemplation.
We invite you to experience each of them for a deeply personal and moving experience.
PRAYERFUL PLACES AROUND CAMPUS
This majestic life-size image of Jesus graces the center bay behind our altar, and serves as a constant and visible reminder of Jesus’ love and power available to us. The icon was created by American iconographer and Episcopal Priest Peter Pearson incorporating centuries-old techniques using gesso, acrylic paints, 24 karat gold leaf and varnish.
An icon is more than art. These time-tested, ancient images are portals to prayer meant to draw our eye and lift our hearts to God. We do not worship or pray to the icon; rather the icon is intended to evoke a deeply personal and spiritual response from the viewer.
The Presence Candle is the red candle to the left of the aumbry (cupboard in the wall of the Sanctuary), symbolizing the Light of Christ. By always having a light in our sanctuary, we are saying as a church that Holy Communion, the Blessed Sacrament, is always available. It is also a reminder that the Lord is always with us. It is first lighted during our Easter service and then kept lit until the next year when it is extinguished on Maundy Thursday.
We highly encourage sharing your prayer requests with others, and we welcome those requests in many forms. Many of us are comforted by a tangible representation of our prayers – there are two Prayer Candle Stands located in the Sanctuary (one in either alcove). You may light a candle during any worship service as a symbol of your prayer. You may also make a prayer request by filling out a Connect Card (found in the pew backs) and dropping it in the offering plate. If you would like someone to pray personally with you, visit one of our Prayer Partners available in the alcoves during Communion. All prayer requests are kept confidential.
The tradition of the High Cross dates back to Medieval Ireland and England, where large, sculpted stone crosses were raised outdoors to permanently mark ground that was considered holy.
Our High Cross sculpture was dedicated on September 11, 2011, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of St. Philip’s. The significance of the date is not lost on us, as marking the birth of St. Philip’s in this way helped us turn a day associated with tragedy and sorrow into one filled with thanksgiving, hope, promise and good news for our community. Carved from a single 4,700 lb. piece of Texas limestone by Dallas sculptor Eliseo Garcia, its panels depict scenes from the life of Jesus Christ and his resurrection.
People of all ages use the High Cross garden as a place to gather, celebrate, remember, reflect and learn about the life of Jesus and the joy found only through him.
The Prayer Garden is a comfortable and peaceful place for family and friends to come and pray. It is open to visitors at all times, providing a place of quiet and tranquility to connect with God.
Our Prayer Garden features a pathway in a high cross design, calming water feature, intimate seating areas for personal reflection and a natural stone labyrinth – all designed to facilitate prayer and meditation. Our Prayer Garden is also home to an outdoor Columbarium – a permanent resting place for our loved ones.
Permanently installed throughout the campus are a series of 14 visual reminders, or stations, depicting Jesus’ last hours. During organized services (typically during Holy Week), participants walk slowly along the stations in imitation and recognition of Jesus’ path to his crucifixion. During this service, special devotional readings and prayers are said. Anyone may visit the Stations of the Cross at any time for an individual experience of quiet meditation and prayer.