Spiritual Life at St. Paul’s
What does it mean to be an Episcopal school?
As an Episcopal school we believe that every person at St. Paul’s is considered a child of God. We value the belief that as God’s children we see the sacred in each other and in the world around us. Members of the community have time in their schedules to gather by division in order to hear, sing, and reflect on God’s word and to understand how it applies to life at St. Paul’s and in the world beyond our campus.
Who does what and when?
Lower School– Once a week on Tuesday morning we gather in Chapel for a lesson, songs, prayers, and birthday blessings. In addition, there are the informal ‘Chattin’ with the Chaplain’ classroom visits.
Middle School– The Middle School gathers weekly on Thursday morning for a traditional service that includes biblical lessons, hymns, homilies from the chaplain, and chapel talks from faculty and staff, which are often based on character development.
Upper School – The Upper School gathers on Wednesday mornings for a formal Chapel service that could include a homily or a chapel talk, as well as a senior speech or two. The division also gathers on Monday and Friday mornings in the space for an assembly that always opens and closes with a prayer.
St. Paul's School Prayer
Teach us, Good Lord, To serve Thee as Thou deservest, To give and not to count the cost, To fight and not to heed the wounds, To toil and not to seek for rest to labor and not to ask for any reward, Save that of knowing that we do Thy will; Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
How can students be involved?
The student vestry's purpose is to underscore the significance of faith in the School’s mission statement. Vestry members are individuals for whom faith and spirituality are important.
Tangible duties include such things as reading lessons, leading prayers, giving chapel talks, distributing communion, leading the procession and actively participating in the Chapel Service. But oftentimes the Vestry serves most profoundly by meeting intangible goals. As liturgy is “the work of the people,” the Vestry stands as “the people” representing the student community and providing feedback, insight and new ideas.
The key to understanding the Vestry is not the program that it carries out but the presence it provides on campus. The Vestry serves as a reminder of God’s presence in our midst and openly articulates a relationship between God and humanity.
Our Episcopal Heritage
Why is St. Paul’s an Episcopal school?
Founded by Old St. Paul’s Parish in Baltimore, St. Paul’s School has a rich history in the Episcopal tradition. Over the last 165 years St. Paul’s has embraced the ethos of the Anglican way that highlights the keys to our identity: Truth; Inclusiveness; Morality; Scripture; Virtues; Spirituality; Tradition; Diversity; Reason; Responsibility; and Worship.
|Dan Meck - Chaplain|
Christopher Phillips - Upper School Chaplain
Chris Schroeder - Organist