Men and women of The Choir of Trinity Wall Street standing in St. Paul's Chapel, wearing all black, holding candles and singing.

Compline by Candlelight

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

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Thomas McCargar, director

Compline means "completion" and is an ancient rite of prayers to end the day. Providing peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins, Trinity's 30-minute Compline service is unique in that all who enter are asked to simply hold a candle as the The Choir of Trinity Wall Street beautifully improvises these nighttime prayers in song.

Compline takes place in-person at historic St. Paul's Chapel (209 Broadway at Fulton Street), and reservations are not required. Compline audio podcasts are also released every Sunday on our website, Facebook, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and other podcast apps. Listen to the latest episodes below.

Recent Recordings

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Compline by Candlelight

November 19, 2023

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Tonight, hear The Choir of Trinity Wall Street improvise Come, Renew Us - Eleanor Daley

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Compline by Candlelight

November 12, 2023

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Tonight, hear The Choir of Trinity Wall Street improvise:

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Compline by Candlelight

November 5, 2023

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Tonight, hear The Choir of Trinity Wall Street improvise Nathan Giles's Vestigia mea dirige.

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Compline by Candlelight

October 29, 2023

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Tonight, hear The Choir of Trinity Wall Street improvise William Byrd's Ave Maria.





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Compline by Candlelight

October 22, 2023

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Tonight, hear The Choir of Trinity Wall Street improvise Tomas Luis de Victoria's Versa est in luctum.



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Compline by Candlelight

October 15, 2023

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Tonight, hear The Choir of Trinity Wall Street improvise Stephanie Martin's O Sacrum Convivium.

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Compline by Candlelight

October 8, 2023

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Tonight, hear The Choir of Trinity Wall Street improvise Libby Larsen's God so loved the world.

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Compline by Candlelight

October 1, 2023

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Tonight, hear Downtown Voices improvise Arnold Schoenberg's Friede auf Erden, Op. 13 and Randall Svane's The Lord’s Prayer (US Premiere).

Special Compline: Downtown Voices
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Special Compline: Downtown Voices

September 24, 2023

Join Downtown Voices on September 24, at 8pm, in Trinity Church for Compline by Candlelight, an ancient rite of prayers to end the day. Stephen Sands, conductor

Arnold Schoenberg Friede auf Erden, Op. 13
Randall Svane The Lord’s Prayer (US Premiere)

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Compline by Candlelight

September 24, 2023

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Set in the tranquility of St. Paul’s Chapel. Tonight, hear The Choir of Trinity Wall Street improvise Josquin des Prez's Missa Pange Lingua (Kyrie and Agnus Dei)

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