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

Share your ESC activities on social media using #EpiscopalSchools


Episcopal Schools Celebration 2021-2022

“Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily.” (Isaiah 58:8)

October 3–9, 2021


Resources

Two printed posters will be mailed to member schools. If you would like to request additional copies, please email jfc@episcopalschools.org.


Lessons

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.


Hymns

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

The Hymnal 1982

3 Now that the daylight fills the sky
4 Now that the daylight fills the sky
7 Christ, whose glory fills the skies
12 The golden sun lights up the sky
13 The golden sun lights up the sky
40 O Christ, you are both light and day
41 O Christ, you are both light and day
44 To you before the close of day
45 To you before the close of day
117 Brightest and best of the stars of the morning
118 Brightest and best of the stars of the morning
125 The people who in darkness walked
126 The people who in darkness walked
163 Sunset to sunrise changes now
465 Eternal light, shine in my heart
466 Eternal light, shine in my heart
496 How bright appears the Morning Star
497 How bright appears the Morning Star
542 Christ is the world’s true Light
599 Lift every voice and sing

Wonder, Love, and Praise

744 O Trinity of blessed light
745 God, beyond all human praises
748 From the dawning of creation
750 So the day dawn for me
756 Lead me, guide me, along the way
812 I, the Lord of sea and sky

Lift Every Voice and Sing

1 Lift Every Voice and Sing
194 Lead Me, Guide Me
206 We Walk by Faith
221 This Little Light of Mine

My Heart Sings Out

33 Day by day
59 Longing for light
62 Stay awake, be ready
75 Yo soy la luz del mundo, I am the world’s true light
80 The light of Christ
131 We are a part of all creation
158 All night, all day


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!

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October 3–9, 2021

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