Monday Message 5/21/18

Dear Trinity Families and Friends,

Our young people at Trinity experience chapel twice a week. Every child will take a turn at being a crucifer, torch bearer, suffrage leader, and reader. All these leadership roles progress naturally to stepping up to the front and to lead in some manner. We know this kind of skill and poise will give invaluable confidence throughout life. That is the secular benefit of chapel. Intangible benefits are the sense of community Preschool through Eighth Graders share in a vision of multicultural and multigenerational affiliation. Each day begins quietly, solemnly, and respectfully. This week our eighth grade will make their final recessional down the center aisle of the church looking out to many classmates who are saying “good bye and good luck.”

Loving one another is the beginning of an outward facing philosophy of life. Words do sink in. Prayers are for ever-widening circles of others—family, friends, neighbors, church, nation, world, the poor, the sick, and those in any kind of trouble. In the words of Saint Francis, we are reminded daily at school, “It is in giving that we receive.” A lifetime habit of philanthropy is part of the learning process of Trinity Episcopal School. Teachers and parents are tirelessly recycling, collecting box tops, walking and brainstorming with students until the students themselves are thinking of ways to complete moral acts and have pleasure in doing so.  This impulse begins in chapel.

Most memorable of all aspects of chapel are the hymns. Singing together has immediate positive physical benefits; it calms, spreads oxygen, elevates the mood. The melody locks in the memory of the words. And the words offer joy, wonder, and consolation… for life. Children of all faiths are welcome to the table, and even choosing not partake holds no stigma. Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Sikh, Muslim, Methodist, Mormon, Roman Catholic, atheist —all have attended Trinity and participated in chapel. Trinity, as a school, is exceptional in offering this daily experience and Trinity students know that they are loved.

Please join us Thursday, evening at 7:00 p.m. as we celebrate through Evensong the Class of 2018; God Bless the Class of 2018.

Go in Peace to know, love and serve the Lord,

Mark Ravelli / Head of School
Trinity Episcopal School
720 Tremont Street Galveston, TX 77550