On Wednesday, May 8, our Lower School celebrated the gift of language in our annual Global Language Chapel. Students, faculty, and staff members shared prayers and reflections in many languages, including Navaho, Hindi, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Danish, Turkish, German, Polish, Urdu, French, and American Sign Language. We celebrated with singing and saying our School Prayer in Spanish. Our prayers came from many religious traditions and were offered in their original language. The service included:
The Gayatri Mantra, a Hindu prayer sung by Shaan Ailawadi ’26, Aveer Chadha ’26 and Anika Mehta ’27
The Shema, a Jewish prayer sung by Charlotte Traub ’26
The Lord’s Prayer, a Christian prayer read in Spanish, Italian, Arabic, English, and Danish by Chloee Dahl ’26, Aidan Johnson ’27, Makayl Manja ’27, Arman Guarasi ’26 and Henrik Olesen ’26
Nikhil Skandan ’26 offered a Hindu prayer, Damla Aksade ’27; Meryem Guzel ’26 shared a Turkish lullaby; Arwen del Real Sobiech ’26, Jo Zemsky ’26, and Sophie Wandall ’26 read from 1 Corinthians 13 in Spanish (El amor es paciente, el amor es bondadoso); our third-grade Spanish Immersion students led the Responsive Reading in Spanish; Celine Baki ’26 led the fifth grade in a French Benediction; and Kyara Maeding ’26 sung Spirit of the Living God in American Sign Language.
In addition to these many beautiful prayers and poems, student speakers shared “Words of Affirmation” from languages they speak at home. “Words of Affirmation” are one of the “five love languages” identified by author Gary Chapman. We have been talking in Lower School Chapel all year about the many ways we give and receive love. Other “love languages” include receiving gifts, quality time, physical touch, and acts of service.
“Words of Affirmation” are words that affirm us and lift us up. They include words of kindness, gratitude, appreciation and encouragement. Some example in English are: I am so proud of you. I can tell that you have been working hard. You have such a good heart. I am so thankful that you are part of our family. I appreciate all your help. I love being your friend. I am always on your side. The “Words of Affirmation” that students shared in this year’s Lower School Global Language Chapel are included below.
Now in its fourth year, the Lower School Global Language Chapel is a beautiful tradition we look forward to each spring, as we celebrate the “heart languages” spoken by Moravian Academy families, and the many ways to say I love you. Thank you to our Global Language teachers for their work in helping us prepare!
In the words of our Benediction from Isaiah 55 (in French):
C’est dans la joie que vous quitterez,
et dans la paix que vous serez ramenés chez vous.
Devant vous, montagnes et collines éclateront en cris de joie,
Et tous les arbres des campagnes battront des mains pour applaudir.
Words of Affirmation:
Madhu Evangelou: Du schaffst dass is a word of affirmation in German. It means “You can do it!” My parents say these words to me if I am nervous about something, or if I have to take a test.
When I hear these words, I feel less nervous about that thing.
Madeline Aemisegeo: Dobra Robota is an affirmation in Polish. It means “Good job”.
My grandmother says this to us all the time.
Daniyal Asad Jali: Aap bahut achha hai is an affirmation in Urdu. It means “You are very nice.” This is a compliment and people need compliments. When I hear these words, I feel very good.
Hailey Summer Barreto: Año Viejo is an affirmation in Spanish. It means “Old Year”. These words are part of a game my Puerto Rican family plays at Christmas. You try to trick someone into saying “who”, and that’s when you say año viejo and then you get them and they’re “it”.
Then they have to get someone else to make them “it”. It’s really fun to play, but sometimes they won’t fall for it. When I hear these words, I feel excited because it is a fun game to play with my family.
Damla Aksade: Dunyalar Seviorum is an affirmation in Turkish. It means “I love you to the moon and back.” My mom always says this to me. When she says it, I feel glad to be her daughter.