One of the duties of my job is organizing the students who assist with Chapel, which we have twice a week. Each grade has a specific task. Kindergarteners carry the prayer book and chimes. First graders usher. Second graders acolyte. Third graders are crucifers. And fourth graders read scriptures. By the end of the year, every child has served at least once and some are able to serve along side their siblings. It’s an honor to serve and parents are always a part of the congregation. I handle the logistics of the children before, during, and after Chapel. It can be a bit stressful if a child is late or we can’t find the chimes, but most chapels go smoothly and I get to enjoy watching their service and success.
Eucharist chapels are a bit different. The preparation always seems more hectic and rushed. There are more moving pieces and while they go smoothly, I seem to spend more time thinking about the Chapel helpers and what they need to do than being in a worshipful state of mind. Until that is, I get to assist with administering the elements. We recently held our last Eucharist of the year.
The blood of Christ.
The cup of Salvation.
I love sharing the cup with my students, their families, and my colleagues. I feel blessed and grateful to participate in such a holy and important task. Most students and parents are silent, don’t make eye contact, and blend into the ornate nature of the ritual. Yet, every time I serve some exchange at the alter solidifies why I delight in my job, why I am blessed to lead these children closer to God. And I feel moments of complete peace, joy, purpose, and holiness.
- An eager child reaching up to grasp the wafer in his hands
- A heart felt “Thank you”
- A loud Amen
- The use of my name
- The smile on her face as I lower the cup
In our busy lives, God is present, waiting in the words of child, the actions of a friend, and the gratitude of a colleague.
Slow down, enjoy the moments of holiness when you can.
It will be gone before you know it!
Prayer focus: Teachers and students who are finishing the year.