Life at the Academy does not consist of only studies, but of living out the faith of Jesus Christ in community. We cultivate our prayer and liturgical life in weekly Holy Communion services and in Vespers on every other work day evening. Similarly, pastoral care and spiritual direction play an important role through the ministry of our Chaplain, Rev. Talis Freimanis, as does fellowship of varying levels of organisation among the students. By serving and receiving the service of others towards the building up of our faith, we learn to minister practically in the love of Christ at our current and future congregations and find new strength for the works, which God has already prepared for us that we would live in them.

Prayer

Divine Service

Once a week, the whole Academy comes together in Holy Communion. The Chaplain leads the service and presides over the celebration of the Eucharist, while students from more advanced years of study who are commissioned as evangelists in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia form a preaching rota. On some occasions, the service is lead by the rector of the Academy, Archbishop Janis Vanags, the Vice-Rector, Rev. Rinalds Grants, or Academy Alumni. We carry up to God in intercession His Church, our institutions, bishops, ministers, congregations and church workers, entrusting to Him also the Academy, its students and staff, as well as those in special need of God’s grace within and outside the Academy. The liturgy of the service is in accordance with the order used in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia, as it is set for working days, being rooted in the Lutheran tradition.

Vespers

On work day evenings, when not celebrating the Eucharist, the Academy gathers around Vespers (evening prayer services). Vespers are lead by the students themselves, beginning with their third semester of studies, with the main responsibilities being the direction of singing, the reading of Holy Scripture, leading the community in prayer, and giving a short homily. As an introduction to Vespers serves the liturgical chant of the Sunday Introit psalm corresponding to the week of the liturgical year. If the leader of the Vesper service does not chant the psalm and response, or sing the hymn (song), it can be delegated to the Cantor (the leader of liturgical chant). Similarly to Holy Communion services, the order of Vespers also conforms to the order as it is used in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia as is based upon the Church heritage of the Reformation and earlier ages.

Pastoral Care

A very important role in Academy life is service through pastoral care. The opportunity to receive pastoral care and attention, as well as spiritual and personal direction is open to all students via coming together individually with the Chaplain to seek practical solutions to trials through prayer and conversation. Similarly, students are encouraged to seek unity as the Body of Christ and this often takes the form of informal prayer and worship events , as well as interceding for one another and offering advice, encouragement, and correction in the love of Christ towards obedience of faith. This is where the nature of the Academy as a community of believers shows itself the most, which parallel to organizing, teaching, and taking courses, stays awake so that each student would be spiritually cared for to answer God’s call towards their life with joy.