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 12/23/18

December 30, 2018

End the day in a way so old it’s new. Compline is a candlelit service, featuring The Choir of Trinity Wall Street with chants, improvisation, psalmody, and newly-composed sacred works.

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The Choir of Trinity Wall Street

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Compline 12/16/18

December 23, 2018

End the day in a way so old it’s new. Compline is a candlelit service, featuring The Choir of Trinity Wall Street with chants, improvisation, psalmody, and newly-composed sacred works.

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Compline 12/09/18

December 16, 2018

Find peace and stillness as you end one week and begin the next. Come as you are, find a seat, and hold a candle. For thirty minutes let mantra-like...

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Compline 12/02/18

December 9, 2018

Find peace and stillness as you end one week and begin the next. Come as you are, find a seat, and hold a candle.

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Compline by Candlelight: November 25, 2018

December 2, 2018

Find peace and stillness as you end one week and begin the next. Experience Compline by Candlelight in the tranquility of St. Paul’s Chapel, one of...

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Compline 11/18/18

November 25, 2018

End the day in a way so old it’s new. Compline is a candlelit service, featuring The Choir of Trinity Wall Street with chants, improvisation, psalmody, and newly-composed sacred works.

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Compline By Candlelight

October 9, 2016

Compline is an ancient half-hour candlelit service featuring the Trinity Choir. “These are the church’s bedtime prayers, and they mark that transition from day into night,” explains the Rev. Daniel Simons, priest for liturgy and pilgrimage. “We pray Compline on Sunday evening as a transition before the beginning of the week, as a way to reflect, renew, and refresh.”

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A New Spin on an Ancient Rite

June 13, 2016

Compline, the final service of the day in the monastic tradition, is sung at St. Paul’s Chapel at 8pm on Sunday evenings. Over the past five years...

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

Feb. 21, 2021 - Compline by Candlelight podcasts provide peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Enjoy this episode from the archives, recorded November 11, 2018 and featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff's Bogoroditse Devo.

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