Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;[a]
We are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.” - Psalm 100
Bible Department Chair Ingrid Hill shared why Chapel is important to Boston Trinity Academy and why we gather together every week to celebrate it.
Mrs. Hill began her message with the history of Chapel at BTA. Corporate worship has been a part of the school culture since BTA’s founding in 2002, and BTA has had a myriad of chaplains and speakers in its history. There have also been various types of Chapel, from the Trinity Institute Chapel, which integrates the Bible with social justice, to Junior Chapels, Middle School Chapels, and, of course, the Baccalaureate Chapel, during which we honor our Seniors. Chapel at BTA even endured challenging events like the Coronavirus pandemic. Mrs. Hill recounted a time when former Headmaster Frank Guerra held Zoom Chapel in 2020, and dozens of people jumped into the Zoom chat to express their gratitude at being able to come together amidst a pandemic.
Mrs. Hill expounded that, no matter the occasion or the speaker, there has always been Chapel at BTA, and it has always been at the heart of the week on Wednesday.
She went on to ask again, “So Why Chapel?” She answered her question by stating, “At a very basic fundamental level, the answer is ‘Love.’ We have a chapel to love God and love one another.” In line with the first and second commandments, love is rooted and intertwined with the identity of Chapel at BTA.
She then explained how the physical building of BTA also reflects this truth. In 1928, the sisters of St. Joseph came from Poland to rescue orphans of the city of Boston and raise them in the ways of the Lord. The orphanage was housed in a small building where the Bradley Athletic Center is currently being built. In 1957, they tore that small building down and built our current campus to continue their work.
Mrs. Hill asked, “When they were building our school, where did they build the chapel? It’s in the center. The chapel is at the heart of this building and at the heart of what we do.”