September 9, 2011 was an unusual day in many respects. No less than six choirs, from Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Boston, and New York, performed throughout the day, alternating hourly at St. Paul's Chapel and Trinity Church from 11am - 6pm. The culmination of this day of music was the 8:30pm concert with performers from all six choirs and an orchestra, as well.
The concerts were not just experienced by visitors to Trinity and St. Paul's that day. The live webcasts at Trinity -- which included all the concerts held there that day -- were viewed 11,000 times in that one day.
The concerts are also archived on this website to be watched on-demand, anytime. You'll find the 8:30pm concert video above. Links to the other webcasts held at Trinity that day are below.
Even at 7:30am this morning, Lower Manhattan was full of people, as was St. Paul's Chapel. Several hundred people came to the chapel for a service with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who preached, and Bishop Mark Sisk of New York, who celebrated the Eucharist.
Following the service, the congregation and members of the press moved outside to the churchyard, where the Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, Rector, Bishop Jefferts Schori, and Bishop Sisk rang the Bell of Hope at 8:46am, in memory of those who died on September 11.
Check back here later today for photos from the service and the ringing of the Bell of Hope.
Today, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, Rector of Trinity Wall Street, shares an op-ed piece in the New York Daily News.
Part of the piece reads:
Within hours of the terrorist attacks in New York City, courageous first responders, recovery workers and volunteers at Ground Zero began to create a world of good. We honor all who with their actions declared that the evil of that day would not have the final word. We also remember those who, when faced with death, called family and friends to whisper the words that bind us and make the world good: I love you, I will always love you. They inspire us to stop and remember to love.
You can also watch Dr. Cooper's sermon from today's 11:15am service at Trinity Church here:
That's how many ribbons visitors to St. Paul's Chapel have tied on the fences, the bell of hope, trees, and railings since Tuesday, September 6. Twenty-thousand prayers and memorials shared with and for the world, in many different languages.
"This church is special," said one visitor. "It stands for what is best in New York City. If only we could remember this."
The ribbon-tying is being temporarily stopped for today. Trinity has only 10,000 ribbons left and anticipates they will all be needed tomorrow, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Ribbons will be available again beginning at 8am tomorrow morning.
Yesterday's concerts from choirs from New York, Boston, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., culminated in a final concert with all six choirs, as well as soloists from the Metropolitan Opera. You can watch the concert on-demand here:
You can also read a review by the New York Times of the Trinity Youth Chorus singing the Trinity Requiem and of the Chiara String Quartet concert here.
There's a great story on the New York Times website about Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel. The story includes an interview with Dr. Cooper on his experience volunteering at St. Paul's, following 9/11, when he was rector of Christ Church in Ponte Vedra, Florida, and what he'll be preaching about this Sunday, 10 years later.
One last post for the evening, folks. There are street closures, changes in traffic routes, and some changes in public transportation in Lower Manhattan, beginning tomorrow morning.
Author: Nicole Seiferth
Created: September 2, 2011
Trinity Wall Street observes the 10th anniversary of 9/11 beginning Sunday, September 4. This blog features stories from services and events taking place at Trinity Church, St. Paul’s Chapel, and Charlotte’s Place throughout the week. Check back here often for news posts from Nicole Seiferth, a writer and editor at Trinity Wall Street.