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.

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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.

Large group of singers from above in candlelit St. Paul's Chapel

Special Compline by Candlelight: Downtown Voices

February 26, 2023

Kicking off the 2023 concert season, Trinity’s semi-professional choir, Downtown Voices, presented a special Compline by Candlelight with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Stephen Sands, conductor. Following the theme of Mahatma Ghandi’s quote, “In the midst of darkness light persists,” during Lent our concerts will explore empathy for others’ suffering and the hope that Easter and Christ’s return bring. In featuring Caroline Shaw’s piece “To the Hands,” we will open our hands and hearts to others and seek healing together.

Caroline Shaw To The Hands
Downtown Voices; The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Stephen Sands, conductor

Compline by Candlelight is an ancient rite of prayers to end the day, set in the tranquility of St. Paul’s Chapel, one of the oldest buildings in New York City. Can’t make it? Learn more about our Compline podcasts—a way to incorporate this centering ritual from wherever you are.

To watch on-demand, visit our music video portal.

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