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Episcopal Schools Celebration

Episcopal Schools Celebration (ESC) celebrates the ministry of the nearly 1,200 Episcopal schools and early childhood education programs throughout the Episcopal Church. Whether it is at school, the parish or cathedral or at a diocesan-wide service or event, ESC is the time to give thanks and to proclaim to your community and the Church the good news that is your school!

Observed the week beginning with the first Sunday in October, ESC highlights a different aspect of Episcopal school identity and mission through the event's theme. Below you will find resources to help you plan your celebration and a bulletin insert for your use at worship services. A free poster is mailed to each member in late August.

» Download the NAES Executive Director's ESC Message

» Download the Presiding Bishop's ESC Message

Episcopal Schools Celebration 2018-2019

"Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed"

October 7-13, 2018


The below-listed suggestions are arranged according to the Book of Common Prayer pattern for the Liturgy of the Word, but use as many or as few lessons as suits your school’s needs. These readings are taken from the lectionary for Social Justice, found on page 931 in the Book of Common Prayer. Click here to read the passages.

  • Isaiah 42:1-7 (or Isaiah 1:16-19)
  • Psalm 72 or 72:1-4,12-14 (or Isaiah 42:1-7)
  • James 2:5-9,12-17
  • Matthew 10:32-42


In addition to your school hymn and other favorites, you may wish to includes one or more of these hymns:

  • The Hymnal 1982 - 469/470, 490, 529, 594/595, 599, 605, 607, 676
  • Lift Every Voice and Sing - 1, 62
  • Voices Found - 87, 93, 96, 116
  • My Heart Sings Out - 52, 153

Collect for Episcopal Schools Celebration

God of knowledge and wisdom, we pray to you for all the schools across this country, which are part of the Episcopal Church. We remember them in their variety, in their differences, and in what they share. Give us open doors, open minds, and open hearts that we might accept, learn, and love everything and everyone whom you have given us. Help us to share our lives and what we have, and to learn from all those who are in school with us. We pray in the name of Jesus who opened his arms to all, young and old. Amen.

From John F. Smith, Cycle of Prayer for Episcopal Schools, 2nd ed. (New York: National Association of Episcopal Schools, 2008), 4.

ESC 2018 Bulletin Inserts and Covers

ESC 2018 Social Media Graphics

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Save these Dates!

Episcopal Schools Celebration 2019-2020

October 6–12, 2019

Episcopal Schools Celebration 2020-2021

October 4–10, 2020

Episcopal Schools Celebration 2021-2022

October 3–9, 2021

Episcopal Schools Celebration 2022-2023

October 2–8, 2022