Advent and Christmas
Advent and Christmas

Advent and Christmas at Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel

Advent Services

Sundays, December 2, 9, 16, 23
Trinity Church's Chapel of All Saints, 9am

St. Paul’s Chapel, 8am, 9:15am, and 11:15am.
Seasonal hymns at the 9:15am service. The Choir of Trinity Wall Street sings at the 11:15am service.


Advent Performances and Activities

The Giving Tree
November 2-27 | St. Paul's Chapel, Chapel of All Saints, Parish Center, 14 Vesey Street (Sundays only)

Trinity is collecting Christmas gifts to support the children, youth, and some mothers of our partners in New York City (Hour Children), Panama, Haiti, Burundi, Navajoland, and Kianga House women’s shelter, and refugee families. For some, these will be the only gifts they receive this Christmas.  Information: or Maggy Laraque at

Scrooge & Marley
Sunday, December 2, 2pm | St. Paul's Chapel

Theater at Trinity, a program of the Congregational Arts Committee, in collaboration with LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, invites you to a staged reading of Scrooge & Marley based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. All parts in the performance, with the exception of Scrooge, will be performed by children and teens. Handan Ozbilgin, director. Admission is free. Information: Toni Foy at

Holiday Warm-Up
Thursday, December 6, 5-7pm | St. Paul’s Chapel

Get into the holiday spirit with the Trinity community! Enjoy festive food, beverages, and live music, while wrapping presents and making holiday cards for the recipients of The Giving Tree. Participants are also invited to bring warm hats, scarves, and gloves for Brown Bag Lunch clients.  All ages are welcome. Information: Melissa Hayes at

The Art of Advent
Fridays, December 7-January 4, 6-8pm | Trinity's Chapel of All Saints

Experience the holidays in a deeper way through the sharing of meals, scripture study, observing the Advent calendar, and exploring how art intersects with faith. Information: Yunjeong at

Spa for the Soul: Advent
Saturday, December 8, 10am-3pm | Parish Center

Join Westina Matthews in a contemplative day to explore how the social categories of race, ethnicity, gender, class, ability, and other forms of difference inform your own faith walk and life in church. $25 includes lunch. RSVP required:

Gifts of Light: An Advent Collaboration
Sunday, December 9, 3-5pm | St. Paul's Chapel

“Gifts of Light” is an interactive intergenerational Advent event incorporating performances by the Movement Choir and members of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street with opportunities for audience members to create visual or written art to present as their own gift of light on the altar. Gifts of Light is created and presented by Trinity’s Congregational Arts Committee in collaboration with ministries of Trinity.

Compline By Candlelight: Ceremony of Carols
Sunday, December 16, 8pm | St. Paul’s Chapel

The Trinity Youth Chorus presents 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
Thursday, December 13, 7:30pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Saturday, December 14, 7:30pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Sunday, December 16, 3pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Monday, December 17, 7:30pm | St. Paul's Chapel

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

Comfort at Christmas: A Service for Those in Grief or Loss
Sunday, December 16, 5pm | Trinity's Chapel of All Saints

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. Refreshments will be served. Information: Amiriz at

’Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Reading
Sunday, December 18, 3pm | The Church of the Intercession and Trinity Church Cemetery & Mausoleum, Broadway at West 155th Street

Al Taylor, Assembly member of the 71st Assembly District of Upper Manhattan, 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.

Community Carol Sing
Saturday, December 22, 7:30pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Sunday, December 23, 3pm | St. Paul's Chapel

An extravaganza of Christmas favorites for brass and choir with audience participation, with Downtown Voices, the Trinity Youth Chorus, and Trinity’s new music orchestra, NOVUS NY; Stephen Sands and Julian Wachner, conductors. Tickets available at

Family Eucharist with Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 23, 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. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones, preacher.


Christmas Worship Services


On Christmas Eve, December 24, Trinity Church will close at 3pm. St. Paul's Chapel will open at 2:15pm. Those attending services at St. Paul's Chapel may enter through the Broadway or Fulton Street gates (the churchyard will be open only to those attending services). On Christmas Day, December 25, Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel will open from 8am to 4pm; the Christmas Day service will be held at 11:15am at St. Paul's Chapel (Broadway at Fulton Street). 

Christmas Eve Early Holy Eucharist
Monday, December 24, 12:05pm | Trinity's Chapel of All Saints

A celebration of the Holy Eucharist with a homily and Christmas carols. Prayers for healing are offered immediately following the worship service. The Rev. Winnie Varghese, celebrant; the Rev. Bruce Jenneker, preacher.

Christmas Eve Family Eucharist
Monday, December 24, 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. The Rev. Frank Hakoola, celebrant; the Rev. Kristin Kaulbach Miles, preacher. (There will be no incense at this service.)

Christmas Eve Choral Eucharist
Monday, December 24, 6pm | St. Paul's Chapel

(Prelude begins at 5:20pm)

This annual celebration of the Eucharist on Christmas Eve is designed for people who are looking for a traditional service. Music is provided by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, the Trinity Youth Chorus, and NOVUS brass with Christmas carols and hymns sung by the congregation. The Rev. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones, celebrant; the Rev. Winnie Varghese, preacher. (There will be incense at this service. Nursery care and stroller parking will be provided.)

Christmas Eve Choral Prelude and Festive Choral Eucharist
Monday, December 24, 9pm | St. Paul's Chapel

(Prelude begins at 8:20pm)
This traditional late evening service on Christmas Eve begins with a 40-minute prelude of choral music and congregational carols, followed by Choral Eucharist (beginning at 9pm). With music by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS brass with additional congregational hymns and carols. The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin, Suffragan Bishop of New York, celebrant; the Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, Rector, preacher. (A quiet room will be available. There will be incense at this service.)

Christmas Eve Candlelight Midnight Mass
Tuesday, December 25, midnight | 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. (There will be incense at this service.)

Christmas Day Choral Eucharist: The Nativity of Our Lord
Tuesday, December 25, 11:15am | St. Paul's Chapel

A Choral 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. (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.


Youth Holiday Party and Screening of Tokyo Godfathers
Saturday, January 5, 2018, 4-7pm | Parish Center, 56 Trinity Place

All 6th-12th graders are invited to a holiday party and an anime retelling of the Christmas story in which a homeless trio finds an abandoned baby and sets out to find its parents (PG-13, 2003). Information: Wendy Claire Barrie at or Kathryn Carroll at

Epiphany will be observed at all four services (8am, 9am, 9:15am, 11:15am) Sunday, January 6, 2019. 
Epiphany Family Eucharist
Sunday, January 6, 2018, 9:15am | St. Paul's Chapel

An intergenerational family-friendly Eucharist with music by the St. Paul’s Chapel Choir and a procession of giant puppets to help tell the Epiphany story.