Chapel brings the ESA community together to celebrate life, worship God and nurture personal spirituality. Students have the opportunity to participate actively in Chapel as well as to benefit from experiences and lessons shared by faculty and guests of the school. Chapel is also a time for daily announcements and monthly Eucharistic services.
The School Prayer
O heavenly Father, who has given us Thy Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Friend and example, help us to understand His friendship, and to do such things as will please Him. Bless us in our work and in our play. Make us gentle, generous, truthful, kind, and brave. Keep us in purity of heart, and let the life of our school go on from strength to strength and have its place and meaning in Thy kingdom. All of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Worship in the ESA Chapel is grounded in the Episcopal Church’s tradition of reverence for God; the teachings of Jesus Christ; the celebration of the Holy Eucharist; the presentation of personal, local and global issues; and the opportunity for prayer. Chapel programs are a shared responsibility of the total school community. Teachers, students, clergy, youth ministers and guests participate in the organization and presentation of daily chapel talks, programs and presentations. Chapel also provides a daily opportunity to communicate important information to the ESA community.
Chapel attempts to combat ignorance and apathy about religion by treating it as significant and discussing it openly and positively.
The Episcopal Church distinguishes between education and evangelism and sees these as related but distinct tasks. We believe that a true faith must be an informed choice, freely made. The primary purpose of ESA is to educate, not to indoctrinate or convert. ESA does not knowingly coerce or intimidate students on matters of faith.
The Episcopal Church acknowledges and supports liberty of conscience and esteems other traditions even while valuing its own. Through Chapel we seek to strengthen each individual’s spirituality by encouraging an understanding and appreciation of the values, talents and traditions of all members of the ESA community.
Chapel is an integral part of the ESA school day. Attendance is mandatory for all students and faculty. The Holy Eucharist, which is the principal act of Christian worship in the Episcopal Church, as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer, is celebrated monthly at ESA. All students and faculty attend and, as conscience dictates, participate in the services.