Though commonly identified with a worship environment, the word liturgy comes from the Greek word leitourgia meaning “public service.” Liturgies are those daily rituals and common practices that characterize our lives. At The Geneva School we believe that daily liturgies, common practices of virtue, contribute to the formation of students. Think of this well-known concept: thoughts lead to words; words create actions; actions form habits; and habits shape character all of which contribute to an individual’s destiny.
With this in mind, The Geneva School seeks to weave into daily academic life a vital recognition of God’s presence and the need for us all to pursue him in our quest for knowledge and wisdom. Students see this in several ways in both the grammar and upper school.
- Each day at Geneva begins with a corporate gathering or convocation of students and faculty. These gatherings at both the lower and upper school campuses, consist of hymn singing, brief readings from the Scriptures, and prayer.
- Each campus gathers periodically throughout the year for special chapel services, usually on a Wednesday. Each campus community gathers for a service consisting of hymns, Scripture, a homily, and prayer.
- Each teacher implements prayer to begin their classes, a prayer of thanks is offered before dismissing for lunch, and the final class each day concludes with a prayer of blessing before students depart at day’s end.
- In addition to these liturgies, we augment the Wednesday chapel gatherings at the upper school with smaller Wednesday mentor group gatherings once or twice each month throughout the year, helping to cultivate relationships across the school population. In these multi-grade but single-sex groups of ten-twelve students, faculty and staff lead student discussions on the classical and cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, temperance, courage, and faith, hope, and love) and their application to our educational community.
These basic rhythms of life are the most visible threads in the warp and woof of faith that form the fabric of our academic life at Geneva. The goal is well stated by Solomon who said, “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart” (Proverbs 3:3).