'Twas the Night Before Christmas

The Rev. Dr. James Cooper reads A Visit from St. Nicholas. Photo by Leah Reddy.

A Christmas season tradition spanning more than a century brightened the sanctuary of the Church of the Intercession on Broadway and 155th Street this week, and continued its connection to Trinity Wall Street. Held annually at the uptown church on the Sunday evening before Christmas, the custom includes the reading of the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, with its famous opening line “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Trinity’s rector, the Rev. Dr. James Cooper, has attended the event for the past 11 years and this year, which will mark Cooper’s final Christmas as Trinity rector, he was asked to read the poem. The writer of the poem, Clement Clark Moore, was the son of a 19th century Trinity rector and is buried in Trinity’s uptown cemetery. The Church of the Intercession began as a chapel of Trinity. You can watch a video of Dr. Cooper reading the poem here