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Advent and Christmas 2021

Advent Services

All services and programs are in person unless otherwise noted. Some in-person services are "webcast" (streamed live on our website and available later on demand) and some programs are "online" (accessible via Zoom or Webex).

Sundays, November 28, December 5, 12, 19

Trinity Church 8am, 9am, 11:15am 
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street sings at the 11:15am services.

Parish Hall 9:15am
The Trinity Youth Chorus sings at the 9:15am services. The Chapel Choir sings at this service December 5.

Classes, Performances, and Activities

Handel’s Messiah On Demand

Trinity’s Messiah is unique—presented in a sacred space, on historic instruments, with soloists from the choir to best complement each aria, air, and recitative. Highlighting The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra and conducted by Julian Wachner, The New York Times has called it "the best Messiah in New York." Although we aren't performing it live this year, you can watch a previous performance on demand at trinitywallstreet.org/messiah.

Advent Retreat: Preparing the Way with Heart, Mind, and Soul

November 26-28, 2021, Online via Trinity Retreat Center's Facebook Live and Instagram Live pages

Join us to explore the themes of Advent and prepare the way with our hearts, minds, and souls. Over five sessions, the Rev. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones will explore the gospel readings from Luke for the four Sundays of Advent. Mark the time and make the space. Bring your journal and your Bible and prepare to spend an hour after each 30-minute session in silence and prayer. See the retreat schedule at trinityretreatcenter.org.

Comfort at One

Monday-Wednesdays, 1pm ET, Online

Missing Trinity’s cherished holiday concerts? Join us for Comfort at One for all your favorite Christmas and Twelfth Night Festival performances from years past. There's something for everyone, including hearing the angelic voices of the Trinity Youth Chorus perform Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, along with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS NY, and the beloved arrangements of Christmas carols by Trinity's Director of Music Julian Wachner. You can watch at 1pm Monday-Wednesday on Facebook or any time at trinitywallstreet.org/comfortatone.

Discovery— Spirituality, Christian Identity and Leadership: The Worldview of Desmond Tutu

Sundays, December 5-19, 10am ET, Online and Trinity Commons

The Very Rev. Dr. Michael Battle, Professor of Church and Society and Director of the Desmond Tutu Center at The General Theological Seminary, joins the Trinity Community for a three-week series based on his new book, Desmond Tutu: A Spiritual Autobiography of South Africa’s Confessor. Register at trinitywallstreet.org/discovery.

Downtown Voices Special Compline

Sunday, December 12, 8pm, Trinity Church

This reflective, candlelit evening service will feature Pärt's 7 Magnificat-Antiphonen, sung by Trinity's semi-professional choir Downtown Voices, conducted by Stephen Sands.

Comfort at Christmas Evensong

Thursday, December 16, 5:15pm, Online

For those approaching Christmas with a sense of loss, please join kindred company. This service will offer prayer, music and a quiet space for comfort and support. Information: Amiriz at asanchez@trinitywallstreet.org. RSVP to Dane at dmiller@trinitywallstreet.org.

Breaking Bread

Sunday, December 19, 1:30pm, Online

The Breaking Bread gatherings use the imagery of table fellowship to explore reflective conversations that nurture our growth in God. Join us this Advent season as we delve into our relationship with waiting. For more information, contact Kyle Folk-Freund.

Chorister Compline: Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols

Sunday, December 19, 8pm, Trinity Church

Continuing the beloved annual tradition, the Trinity Youth Chorus presents Benjamin Britten’s festive A Ceremony of Carols at this candlelit Compline service. Performed by Trinity’s talented choristers and harpist Caroline Cole,conducted by Melissa Attebury, this popular masterpiece juxtaposes ancient and modern as Renaissance texts and plainchant intersect with Britten’s sonorous and colorful writing in this stunning choral work for treble voices.

Christmas Pop-Up at St. Paul's Chapel

December 21, 2021, 9-1pm, packing; 1-3pm, distribution | St. Paul’s Chapel

Join us in packing and distributing winter accessories, cleaning supplies, hygiene kits, and groceries for our Lower Manhattan neighbors in need. This is a great volunteer opportunity for parishioners ages 18 and older. Volunteers will be required to show proof of vaccination before entering our buildings. As you arrive, you will be asked to present a photo ID along with your vaccination card, Excelsior pass, or similar state-issued vaccine passport, or a photo of your vaccination card. As additional safety measures, we also will require volunteers to undergo health screenings, wear masks, maintain social distance based on current health guidelines, and adhere to our capacity limits. To volunteer, contact Sunovia Scudder.

 

Christmas Services

All services and programs are in person unless otherwise noted. Some in-person services are "webcast" (streamed live on our website and available later on demand) and some programs are "online" (accessible via Zoom or Webex).

Christmas Eve Family Eucharist

Friday, December 24, 4pm, Trinity Church (webcast)

Children’s Christmas pageant and first Eucharist of Christmas with favorite hymns sung by the Trinity Youth Chorus.

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist

Friday, December 24, 6pm, Trinity Church

Festival Eucharist with favorite hymns and anthems offered by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, with The Trinity Youth Chorus and St. Paul’s Chapel Choir. Service will be preceded by Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Part II.

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist

Friday, December 24, 8pm ET, Trinity Church

Festival Eucharist with favorite hymns and anthems offered by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, with The Trinity Youth Chorus and St. Paul’s Chapel Choir. Service will be preceded by Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Part II.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Compline

Friday, Dec. 24, 8pm ET, Online

Join Trinity Retreat Center for live-streamed Candlelight Compline on Christmas Eve from the old stone chapel on Facebook Live and Instagram Live. Led by the Rev. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones and Joseph Rose, these services marking the transition from Advent to Christmas in the glow of candlelight will feature special prayers of hope, peace, solidarity, unity, and contemplation in God's everlasting love for the season.

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist

Friday, December 24, 10pm ET, Trinity Church (webcast)

Festival Eucharist with favorite hymns and anthems offered by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, with The Trinity Youth Chorus and St. Paul’s Chapel Choir. Service will be preceded by Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Part II.

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist

Saturday, December 25, 12am ET, Trinity Church (webcast)

Solemn Midnight Eucharist with favorite hymns and anthems offered by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, with The Trinity Youth Chorus and St. Paul’s Chapel Choir.

Christmas Day Holy Eucharist: The Nativity of Our Lord

Saturday, December 25, 11:15am ET, Trinity Church

Festival Eucharist with favorite hymns and anthems offered by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street.