Employees of Aurora Lampworks install new electrical wire into a 216-year-old chandelier in St. Paul’s Chapel.
St. Paul’s Chapel’s chandeliers were reinstalled last week after restoration and cleaning. The chandeliers, which bear the hallmarks of Dutch workmanship, wereRead more
Years after the hit movie National Treasure was released, Trinity docents are still asked if there is treasure under the church. Usually the answer is no, but Trinity’s rejuvenation efforts may cause tour guides to adjust their scripts.
At a recent tour of the rejuvenation work in Trinity Church, Senior Construction Project Manager LukeRead more
The word “stations” in reference to Jesus’ journey to the cross first appears in the writings of the English traveler, author, and monastic William Wey in 1458. However, the devotional custom dates back to at least the Middle Ages when wealthy believers would travel from Europe to the Holy Land to reenact the Way of the Cross or Via Dolorosa. One motivation wasRead more
In August 1756, the cornerstone was laid for King’s College, now known as Columbia University. The new school was built on land granted by Trinity in 1754, but Trinity’s relationship to the school started much earlier than that. In 1703, when a college affiliated with the crown was just a fledgling idea in the Royal Governor’s head, Trinity’s vestry preemptively resolved to give land:
It was unanimously agreed That the Rector & Church Wardens should wait upon my Lord CornburyRead more
On this day, in 1851, it was resolved by the Vestry of Trinity Parish that a gift towards the endowment and support of the Missionary Bishoprick at Cape Palmas be made – marking Trinity’s first grant work in Africa.
Trinity’s gift to the Missionary Bishoprick at Cape Palmas in Africa, which was established under the authority of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, was in the form of an annual salaryRead more
Each year, the Episcopal Liturgical Calendar marks the publishing of the first Book of Common Prayer, printed in 1549, on a weekday following the day of Pentecost. This year, we take a look at the publishing of that first Book of Common Prayer, as well as several historical Books of Common Prayer from Trinity’s Archives.
The Act of Uniformity was passed by the House of Lords on January 15th, 1549, and with it the Latin mass was abolished inRead more
On April 6, 1917, the United States formally entered World War I.
For nearly three years, America had remained neutral in the
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 domainRead more
A depiction of the original Trinity Church building
On March 13th, 1698, the first service was held in the original Trinity Church building. Construction wasn't completely finished, but the building committee minutes instruct that the church is to "be cleared and put in the best posture they canRead more
In mid-August 2015, the seven foot tall statue of St. Paul that had adorned St. Paul's Chapel since 1766 was removed for restoration. Later this month, St. Paul will return to the chapel. The Tribeca Trib recently wrote an article about the restorationRead more