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Advent and Christmas 2022

Advent Services

All services and programs are in person unless otherwise noted. Some in-person services and activities will also be broadcast on our website and/or Facebook Live, available on demand, or online only on Zoom or Webex. Learn more about watching our services online here.

Four Candles, Collects, and Gospels: An Advent Retreat with the Rev. Dr. Mark Bozzuti-Jones

November 25–27, Trinity Retreat Center Facebook page

God can be defined as the one who comes to us and the one who waits on our "yes." How do we pay attention to the patience of God? Join the Rev. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones as he explores the themes of Advent and invites us to prepare our heart, mind, and soul. In five sessions, beginning Friday night, we will explore the themes of Advent and the Gospel readings. Using the candles, the Collect for each Sunday, and the Gospel readings, we will explore the patience of God and how God seeks to come to us in new ways. Mark the time and make the space. Bring your journal and your Bible and prepare to spend an hour after each thirty-minute session in silence and prayer. Learn more at trinityretreatcenter.org.

Discovery—Hospitality of the Table and Food Justice: How are we Physically and Spiritually Fed?

Sundays, December 4–18, 10am ET, Online and Trinity Commons

Trinity’s Program Coordinator for Outreach, Metha Balasquides, Regina Jacobs, chair of Trinity’s Hospitality Committee, and Lyla June, Indigenous public speaker, artist, scholar, and community organizer, discuss food insecurity, food justice and hospitality from three perspectives. Learn more and register here.

Compline by Candlelight: Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 4, 8pm ET, St. Paul's Chapel

A cherished holiday tradition, the service of Lessons and Carols tells the Christmas story through readings and musical illuminations. Stephen Sands, Thomas McCargar, and Melissa Attebury conduct Downtown Voices, St. Paul’s Chapel Choir, and Trinity Youth Chorus.

Handel's Messiah

Friday–Saturday, December 9–10, 7pm ET, Trinity Church and online

In a season full of Messiah concerts, Trinity’s is unique— performed in a sacred space, on period instruments, with soloists from the choir chosen to best complement each aria and recitative. Trinity and Messiah have a long history: Trinity presented one of the first performances in North America in 1770, and Trinity’s ensembles are widely regarded as some of the greatest interpreters of the work. Don’t miss “the best Messiah in New York” (The New York Times), featuring The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra with renowned conductor Andrew Megill at the helm. Tickets are sold out but to watch live online for free, go to Trinity’s homepage at the time of Saturday’s concert. To watch on-demand, visit our music video portal

Holiday Favorites

Sunday, December 11, 3pm, Trinity Church and online

Popular choruses from Handel’s Messiah will be presented alongside Christmas carols and other holiday favorites in a special concert, featuring all of Trinity’s ensembles. Avi Stein conducts the Trinity Youth Chorus, Downtown Voices,  The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra.

Comfort at Christmas Evensong

Wednesday, December 14, 5:15pm, Online

For those approaching Christmas with a sense of loss, please join kindred company. This service will offer prayer, music and a quiet space for comfort and support. Information: Amiriz at asanchez@trinitywallstreet.org. RSVP to Dane at dmiller@trinitywallstreet.org.

Artist at Advent Retreat

December 16–18, Trinity Retreat Center

Retreat with fellow artists for a weekend of creative expression sponsored by the Congregational Arts Standing Committee & Congregational Life. Join in group arts and crafts or bring your own projects to work on. We’ll watch movies, decorate cookies, enjoy community together and more.

Space is limited. $50 a person (scholarships available); transportation provided. All attendees are expected to participate in art activities.

Contact Melissa Mistry for more information.

Wait for the Lord: An Advent Retreat with the Rev. Sr. Promise Atelon

December 16–18, TRC Facebook page

Join the Rev. Sr. Promise Atelon, SSM as she explores how we are called to wait on the Lord. In this season of Advent, we await the coming of Christ; however, we are called to wait in faith every day of our lives. Waiting requires that we pay attention to our life of prayer, faith, generous living, repentance, and commitment to taking up our cross daily. Come deepen your desire to wait for the Lord and learn more ways of preparing the way for the Lord. Learn more at trinityretreatcenter.org.

Chorister Compline: Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols

Sunday, December 18, 8pm, St. Paul’s Chapel

Chorister Compline at Christmas has become a beloved annual tradition. Under the direction of Melissa Attebury and featuring harpist Caroline Cole, the Trinity Youth Chorus will present Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. This masterpiece juxtaposes ancient and modern sounds as Renaissance texts and plainchant intersect with Britten’s sonorous and colorful writing in a stunning choral work for treble voices.

Christmas Services

All services and programs are in person unless otherwise noted. Some in-person services and activities will also be broadcast on our website and/or Facebook Live, available on demand, or online only on Zoom or Webex. Learn more about watching our services online here.

Christmas Eve Family Eucharist

Saturday, December 24, 4pm ET, Trinity Church and online

Children’s Christmas pageant and first Eucharist of Christmas with favorite hymns sung by the Trinity Youth Chorus. 

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist

Saturday, December 24, 7pm ET, Trinity Church

Festival Eucharist with favorite hymns and anthems offered by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street with the Trinity Youth Chorus, St. Paul’s Chapel Choir, and NOVUS Brass.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Compline

Saturday, Dec. 24, 8pm ET, Online

Join Trinity Retreat Center for live-streamed Candlelight Compline on Christmas Eve from the old stone chapel on Facebook Live and Instagram Live. Led by the Rev. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones and TRC staff, this brief service in the glow of candlelight will feature special prayers of hope, peace, solidarity, unity, and contemplation of God's everlasting love for the season.

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist

Saturday, December 24, 9pm ET, Trinity Church and online

Festival Eucharist with favorite hymns and anthems offered by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS Brass.

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist

Saturday, December 24, 11pm ET, Trinity Church

Festival Eucharist with favorite hymns and anthems offered by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS Brass.

Christmas Day Holy Eucharist: The Nativity of Our Lord

Sunday, December 25, 11:15am ET, Trinity Church and online

Festival Eucharist with favorite hymns and anthems offered by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street.