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. A free poster is mailed to each member in late August.

Share your ESC activities on social media using #EpiscopalSchools

Episcopal Schools Celebration 2020-2021

“Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

October 4–10, 2020


» Read the Executive Director’s message

» Download Bulletin Cover, Insert, Poster

» Download Social Media Graphics


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.


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

The Hymnal 1982

353 Your love, O God, has called us here
379 God is Love, let heaven adore him
412 Earth and all stars
416 For the beauty of the earth
439 What wondrous love is this
448/449 O love, how deep, how broad, how high
469/470 There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
488 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
508 Breathe on me, Breath of God
528 Lord, you give the great commission
537 Christ for the world we sing
570/571 All who love and serve your city
576/577 Here in Christ we gather
605 What does the Lord require
652 Dear Lord and Father of mankind
657 Love divine, all loves excelling

Wonder, Love, and Praise

757 Will you come and follow me
761 All who hunger gather gladly
778 We all are one in mission
780 Lord, you give the great commission
791 Peace before us
802 Cuando el pobre nada tiene
831 Ubi caritas

Lift Every Voice and Sing

74 Jesu, Jesu
194 Lead Me, Guide Me
201 I’ve Got Peace Like a River
203 There is a Balm in Gilead
218 Jesus Loves Me, This I Know
221 This Little Light of Mine
222 Jesus Loves the Little Children

My Heart Sings Out

24 His love is everlasting
33 Day by day
83 If you love me
125 In love you summon
131 We are a part of all creation
134 Cantemos al Señor
144 One, two, three, Jesus loves me
147 Oh, the love of my Lord
153 What does the Lord require of you?

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.

Save these Dates!

Episcopal Schools Celebration 2021-2022
October 3–9, 2021

Episcopal Schools Celebration 2022-2023
October 2–8, 2022

Episcopal Schools Celebration 2023-2024
October 1–7, 2023