Advent and Christmas 2019
Advent and Christmas 2019

Advent and Christmas 2019

Advent Performances and Activities


The Giving Tree

November 3-December 5, 2019
St. Paul’s Chapel and Trinity Church, Chapel of All Saints

Trinity Church Wall Street is collecting Christmas gifts to support more than 400 children, youth, mothers, and asylum seekers served by our mission partners in New York City, Panama, Haiti, Burundi, and Navajoland via The Giving Tree, now in its eighth year. Stop by a Giving Tree and choose a tag describing a specific gift, buy the gift, and return it to the St. Paul’s Chapel or Trinity’s Chapel of All Saints. The Giving Tree has been extended to December 16. See here for information about contributing. Information: SK Doyle at sdoyle@trinitywallstreet.org.
 

Holiday Warm-Up

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 5-7pm
St. Paul’s Chapel

Get into the holiday spirit with the Trinity Community! Enjoy festive food, beverages, and live music by the Trinity Youth Chorus and a jazz trio, while wrapping presents and making holiday cards for the recipients of The Giving Tree, Brown Bag Lunch guests, a local family shelter, and other Trinity partners. All ages are welcome. Information: Melissa Hayes at mhayes@trinitywallstreet.org.
 

Trinity Book Club: 30-Day Journey with Hildegard of Bingen

Fridays, December 6-January 10, 6-8pm
Trinity Church, Chapel of All Saints

Travel through the season of Advent and Christmas with Hildegard of Bingen: scientist, composer, healer, painter, and saint. She was a strong woman ahead of her time in 12th-century Germany. We will devote our time on excerpts from her books, visionary images, and mystical music. Information: Yunjeong at yseol@trinitywallstreet.org.
 

Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 3pm
St. Paul’s Chapel

A cherished holiday tradition for congregations around the world, the service of Lessons and Carols for Advent tells the Christmas story through readings and musical illuminations, with Downtown Voices, St. Paul’s Chapel Choir, and the Trinity Youth Chorus; Stephen Sands, Melissa Attebury, and Janet Yieh, conductors.
 

’Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Reading

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 3pm
The Church of the Intercession and Trinity Church Cemetery & Mausoleum, Broadway at West 155th Street

Kaity Tong, PIX11 news anchor, reads the classic poem by Clement Clarke Moore, son of Bishop Benjamin Moore (also a former Trinity rector). Reception at Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum. Information: intercessionnyc.org.
 

Compline By Candlelight: A Ceremony of Carols

Sunday, December 22, 2019, 8pm
St. Paul’s Chapel

The Trinity Youth Chorus presents A Ceremony of Carols, Britten’s marvelous setting of ancient Christmas texts that sparkles with the wonder of the season. This annual tradition is a favorite of Trinity audiences.
 

Handel’s Messiah

Friday, December 20, 2019, 7:30pm
Saturday, December 21, 2019, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 22, 2019, 3pm
St. Paul’s Chapel

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Julian Wachner, conductor. Tickets for all performances available through trinitywallstreet.org/messiah.
 

Comfort at Christmas: A Service for Those in Grief or Loss

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 6pm
St. Paul’s Chapel

Not everyone experiences the holidays as a time of joy and cheer. Join us for meditative music, prayer, and a quiet space for comfort and support. Led by the Rev. Alfred Loua and the Rev. Kristin Miles. Music by Anne Damassa Graff. Refreshments will be served. Information: Amiriz at asanchez@trinitywallstreet.org.
 

Family Eucharist with Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 22, 2019, 9:15am
St. Paul’s Chapel

A 45-minute service for families and children of all ages, featuring a Christmas pageant, hymns, and the Trinity Youth Chorus. The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, celebrant; the Rev. Winnie Varghese, preacher.
 
 

Christmas and Epiphany Worship Services


There will be morning prayer at 8:15am and 9am at Trinity’s Chapel of All Saints on Christmas Eve, but no 12:05pm service.
 

Christmas Eve Family Eucharist

Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 3pm
St. Paul’s Chapel

A simple service with families in mind, featuring traditional Christmas carols, children's sermon, giant puppets telling the story of the Nativity, and the Trinity Youth Chorus. There is no incense at this service. The Rev. Frank Hakoola, celebrant; the Rev. Kristin Kaulbach Miles, preacher.

Please note: There will be no incense at this service.
 

Christmas Eve Choral Prelude and Festive Eucharist

Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 6pm (prelude begins at 5:20pm)
Trinity Church

This traditional celebration on Christmas Eve begins with a 40-minute prelude of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio: Part 1, BWV 248 and congregational carols, followed by Festive Eucharist (beginning at 6pm). Music is provided by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, the St. Paul’s Chapel Choir, the Trinity Youth Chorus, the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and organ with Christmas carols and hymns sung by the congregation. The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, celebrant; the Rev. Winnie Varghese, preacher.

Please note: There will be incense at this service. Nursery care and stroller parking will be provided.
 

Christmas Eve Choral Prelude and Festive Choral Eucharist

Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 9pm (prelude begins at 8:20pm)
Trinity Church

This traditional celebration/service on Christmas Eve begins with a 40-minute prelude of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio: Part 1, BWV 248 and congregational carols, followed by Festive Eucharist (beginning at 9pm). Music is provided by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, the St. Paul’s Chapel Choir, the Trinity Youth Chorus, the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and organ with Christmas carols and hymns sung by the congregation. The Rev. Phillip A. Jackson, Vicar, celebrant; the Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, Rector, preacher.

Please note: There will be incense at this service. A quiet room will be available.
 

Christmas Eve Candlelight Midnight Mass

Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12am
St. Paul’s Chapel

Trinity Wall Street's annual candlelight Christmas Eve Eucharist, with congregational carol singing, and special music by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street. The Rev. Elizabeth Blunt, celebrant; the Rev. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones, preacher.

Please note: There will be incense at this service.
 

Christmas Day Festive Eucharist: The Nativity of Our Lord

Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 11:15am
Trinity Church

A Eucharist in celebration of Christmas. Music is provided by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, with additional congregational hymns and carols. The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, Rector, celebrant; the Rev. Phillip Jackson, Vicar, preacher.

Please note: There will be incense at this service. Child care will not be available at this service.

There will be no 12:05pm service on Christmas Day. Churchyards will be open 8am-4pm.
 

Epiphany Family Eucharist

Monday, January 6, 2019, 6pm
Trinity Church

An intergenerational family-friendly Eucharist with music from The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and a procession of giant puppets to help tell the Epiphany story.