Shrine Mont is the home of the Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration—an outdoor cathedral of the Diocese of Virginia. It is “a place where people give thanks to God for his creation — from the beauty of the streams, flowers and wildlife which are at home here, to the people who come to this place to celebrate being part of the family of God.”
Emmanuel’s annual parish weekend at Shrine Mont takes place over Labor Day weekend each year, Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. The retreat is designed to bring us together for fellowship, recreation, reflection, worship and song. Participants can take part in all activities or just a few. Everyone is welcome—family and friends—and scholarship assistance is available by request to the rector.
Participants stay in cottages with porches or traditional rooms in Maryland House. Indoor activities take place in the four-story Virginia House, which was built in 1873 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Buffet meals are served in the dining hall there.
During the retreat, you can bike, hike, swim, explore nearby wineries or cideries, or simply sit on the porch and enjoy the view. There are intergenerational games, a hymn sing, and prayer boats set to float at evening Compline. The Shenandoah Music Festival goes on Saturday night, featuring a national act that you can hear from the porch. Sunday morning worship is held at the outdoor cathedral at 11 AM, a natural setting where God’s presence can easily be felt.
Shrine Mont is located in Orkney Springs, VA about 13 miles west of Mt. Jackson and an hour north of Harrisonburg. Follow I-81 North to Mt. Jackson (Exit #273). Turn right onto Rt. 703 (East), then right (South) on US 11, follow through town, turn right on Rt. #263 and follow approximately 13 miles to Orkney Springs. The drive is approximately 1 ½ hours from Greenwood.
What should I bring? All meals are included in your registration fee. You might want to bring your own snacks or alcoholic beverages for social hour. We provide coolers, as well as sodas and water.
Suggested items to bring: Folding chairs, flashlight, sweatshirt, rain gear, water bottle, games, favorite pillow, extra towels, pool towels, sports equipment, sturdy shoes and a smile. Cell service is minimal. Wi-fi is available in the Virginia House lobby. Do not bring pets, radios, boom boxes, squirt guns, or water balloons. Skateboards and roller blades are not allowed. Fireworks or firearms of any kind are prohibited. Because of the wooden buildings, smoking is not allowed inside.
2019 Shrine Mont Parish Weekend Registration Information
Register now for Shrine Mont! Paper forms are in the Parish Hall, church office, or included in email announcements. You may print the registration form here and fill it in by hand. For ease of accounting, please pay by check or cash at the office.
Make checks payable to Emmanuel Episcopal Church with Shrine Mont in the memo. Bring the form and payment to church or the church office. You may also place it in the Shrine Mont folder in the Parish Hall.
Rates Rates are per person and include two nights lodging and six meals, access to pool, trails, and all on-site activities. There is a $400 maximum fee per family for the weekend. We welcome friends and guests, but do not include them in the family maximum. Please add them at per person rate. ** Return your registration form by July 15th and save $25.00 per person ** Adults: $175 each ($200 after 7/15) Teens13-17: $150 each ($175 after 7/15) Children under 12 free. There is a $400 maximum per family.
This is the table, not of the Church but of Jesus Christ. It is made ready for those who love God and who want to love God more. So come, you who have much faith and you who have little, You who have been here often and you who have not been for a long time or ever before. You who have tried to follow and all of us who have failed. These are the gifts of God for the People of God.
Adapted from The Iona Community, Iona Abbey Worship Book, (Glasgow, UK: Wild Goose Publications, 2001), 53.