From the Archives
While the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed the way we live and how the world functions over the past six months, this is not the first pandemic the parish of Trinity Church Wall Street has weathered. The 1918 flu, which came in several waves, is considered the most severe pandemic in modern history, and killed about 675,000 in the United States. That death toll came at a time when the U.SRead more
Palm Sunday procession at St. Augustine’s Chapel in 1960
In this exhibit, as we trace Holy Week and Easter through Trinity’s history, we see the evolving nature of service bulletins and the emergence of printing. Once an expensive art form limited to the domain of specialty print shops, it is now widely used on a commercial and personal levelRead more
On New Year's Eve 2019, one million people are expected to fill Times Square to ring in the New Year. Millions more will watch on television as the lighted ball drops down a specially-designed flagpole atop One Times Square at the stroke of midnight, as it has each year since 1907.
But Times Square hasn't always been New York's New Year's tradition. For many years, the city gathered around Trinity Church to hear "the ringing out of the old and ringing in of the New Year" on TrinityRead more
This weekend, the nation pauses to celebrate the contributions of workers to its collective economic and social life. Over the last 322 years, Trinity parish has found many ways to support and serve the employees of Lower
While July 4, 1776 marks the date the Declaration of Independence was approved by Congress, it wasn't until April 30, 1789 that the United States swore in its first president under the Constitution. Down the street from Trinity Church, George Washington stood on the portico at Federal Hall, placed his hand on a bible borrowed from the local Masonic lodge, and took the presidential oath of office. The oath was administered by Chancellor of the State of New York, Robert Livingston, who thenRead more
On Thursday, May 10, 2018, Trinity Parish will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension with a Holy Eucharist in St. Paul’s Chapel at 5:30pm.
The Feast of the Ascension, also known as Ascension Day, occurs forty days after Easter, and commemorates the bodily ascension of Jesus into heaven. In Trinity Parish it’sRead more
Trinity’s dedication to serving the needs of the surrounding neighborhood has been an important part of its mission since its founding, taking many forms throughout its history, including a 19th century medical dispensary.
During an 1879 sermon, Trinity Rector Morgan Dix called for “means to employ a competent physician to take care of the sick poor in this neighborhood.”Read more
Did you know Trinity Church used to be the tallest building in New York City? When construction was completed in 1846, the steeple reached 281 feet, making it one of the most recognizable features of the skyline and a welcome sight for those sailing into New York Harbor.
The height also allowed for an unparalleled view of the city, water, and sky. The steeple served asRead more
On this day in 1984, Anita Louise Schell became the first woman to be ordained as a priest at Trinity Church. The Episcopal Church had been ordaining women for only 10 years when Schell was called, and many were still opposed to the idea.
“I kind of made it through a lot of hurdles in my way," she later recalled. "You tend to forget those things where you're on the other side. But it'sRead more
Due to a disagreement over the organ at St. Paul’s, tensions between Edward Hodges and Henry Erben had simmered for years. In 1839, the professional disagreement quickly turned into an ugly feud after Hodges was appointed Organist and Music Director of Trinity Church. The Vestry had recently decided to demolish the church, and the building committee asked Hodges to prepare plans for an organ to be installed in the new one.Read more