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: Ceremony of Carols

December 25, 2022

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Set in the tranquility of St. Paul’s Chapel, guests find a seat and hold a candle, while 30 minutes of chant-based improvised music by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street fills the space. There’s nothing to do but listen, breathe, and be.

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Compline by Candlelight: From the Archives

December 11, 2022

Compline by Candlelight provides peace and stillness as one week ends and another begins. Set in the tranquility of St. Paul’s Chapel, one of the...

Young choristers
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Compline by Candlelight: Lessons and Carols

December 4, 2022

A cherished holiday tradition, the service of Lessons and Carols tells the Christmas story through readings and musical illuminations and will be conducted by Stephen Sands, Thomas McCargar, and Melissa Attebury.

Downtown Voices; St. Paul’s Chapel Choir; Trinity Youth Chorus

Compline by Candlelight is an ancient rite of prayers to end the day; Compline means "completion." Set in the tranquility of St. Paul’s Chapel, one of the oldest buildings in New York City.

Lessons and Carols Bulletin

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