Candles and stillness in St. Paul's Chapel during Compline by Candlelight

Compline by Candlelight

Sundays; 8-8:30pm in St. Paul’s Chapel

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Thomas McCargar, director

Compline is an ancient rite of prayers to end the day; Compline means "completion." Trinity's 30-minute Compline service is unique in that all who enter hold a candle and simply listen to The Choir of Trinity Wall Street beautifully improvise the Compline nighttime prayers in song. There's nothing to do but be.

Compline takes place in-person at St. Paul's Chapel (209 Broadway at Fulton Street), and reservations are not required. Learn more about our health and safety policies.

Compline is not video-recorded or livestreamed; however, Compline audio podcasts are released every Sunday evening on our website, Facebook, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podcast AddictPodbayPod Nods, and other apps. Listen to the latest episodes below.

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Compline by Candlelight art with a candle and the words, Compline: find some peace and choir

Compline by Candlelight

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. There’s nothing to do but listen, breathe, and be.


Compline by Candlelight: Trinity Youth Chorus

March 19, 2023

Join the Trinity Youth Chorus, alongside the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, at a special Compline by Candlelight service, for a performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Pergolesi’s work is based on the Stabat Mater Dolorosa hymn, a powerful meditation on the suffering of Mary as Jesus Christ's mother during his crucifixion.