Advent and Christmas 2020
Advent Performances and Activities
Comfort at One
Missing Trinity’s cherished holiday concerts? Join us at Comfort at One weekdays online for all your favorite Christmas and 12th Night performances: from hearing the angelic voices of the Trinity Youth Chorus perform Britten’s Ceremony of Carols to singing along with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS NY to the beloved arrangements of Christmas carols by director of music Julian Wachner. You can watch any time at trinitywallstreet.org/comfortatone and access other Trinity concerts via our music video portal. We hope our performances help you find a haven of peace and comfort during the holiday season.
The Giving Tree
November 13-December 13
In a holiday season like no other, make someone in our community feel special this Christmas. Purchase a Christmas gift to support children, adults, and seniors served by several of Trinity’s partner organizations in New York City. Your gifts will go to fellow New Yorkers who, like all of us, have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of whom wouldn’t receive gifts this year without your help. Together, we’ve checked every gift off the lists! Thank you for your generosity.
Sunday, November 29, 10am
Please join the Discovery and Children’s Time groups for an all-church virtual Advent Celebration! We’ll unpack our Advent at Home kits together and demonstrate some ways to use the items to prepare our hearts and homes for Christmas. Everyone is welcome. RSVP here.
Advent Light Prayer Series
Wednesdays, December 2-16, 6:30pm
Center yourself and connect with the holy in a three-week prayer practice series for these times. Seminarian Anahi Galante facilitates. RSVP at trinitywallstreet.org/adventlight.
Discovery—Anticipating Gratitude: Living Our Thanks in Advent
Sundays, December 6-20, 2019, 10am
We often think of gratitude as thanks for something after it happens. But what does it mean to live a life of thanks in anticipation of our deepest hopes and longings? Advent invites us into this holiness practice. Online presentation and Q&A with Diana Butler Bass, award-winning author, popular speaker, inspiring preacher, and one of America’s most trusted commentators on religion and contemporary spirituality. The December 6 event will be followed by discussion sessions at 10am Sundays, December 13 and 20. Register at trinitywallstreet.org/gratitude.
Sunday, December 13, 3pm
Watch an interactive presentation of the 2019 performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Julian Wachner, conductor. Join the live event on Facebook to view as a community together and chat with the performers. For an added treat, the performance will be interspersed with personal video messages from Trinity artists. Through these clips, viewers will be given the rare opportunity to go into the artists’ homes, hear how they’ve continued to make music during the pandemic, and share in their messages of hope and connection for our global community.
Comfort at Christmas Evensong: A Service for Those in Grief or Loss
Thursday, December 17, 5:15pm
Many of us are approaching Christmas with a sense of grief and the experience of loss. Please join kindred company for prayer, music and a quiet space for comfort and support. Information: Amiriz at email@example.com. RSVP to Dane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, December 20, 9:15am
All ages are invited to tell the Christmas story together in this interactive online pageant. Bring a star — one you make or one you find — and come ready to participate as we share the good news of God-with-us. This pageant will be recorded; if you don’t want to be recorded, you’re welcome to join with your camera turned off. Register here.
Trinity Youth Chorus Christmas Concert
Monday, December 21, 1pm
Enjoy a special virtual presentation by the Trinity Youth Chorus of Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, as part of the Comfort at One series. Britten’s marvelous setting of ancient Christmas text sparkles with wonder of the season. This annual tradition is a favorite of the Trinity audience. Watch at trinitywallstreet.org/comfortatone.
LGBTQ Virtual Holiday Gathering
Monday, December 21, 6:30pm
Join Trinity’s LGBT Integrity Group and Trinity Commons’ Well-Being in this festive and supportive virtual space for celebration and companionship among your LGBTQ family and friends during the 2020 holiday season. Wear your funniest holiday sweater and bring your favorite holiday songs. All are welcome. Register here.
Christmas and Epiphany
There will be morning prayer at 8:15am online on Christmas Eve, but no 12:05pm service or Evening Prayer.
Thursday, December 24, 2pm
A festive service with families in mind, featuring traditional Christmas carols, children's sermon, and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. The Rev. Matthew Welsch, celebrant; the Rev. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones, preacher.
Thursday, December 24, 5:15pm
A cherished holiday tradition for congregations around the world, the service of Lessons and Carols tells the Christmas story through readings and musical illuminations. Music is provided by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street.
Thursday, December 24, 6pm
A traditional celebration on Christmas Eve with music is provided by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street. The Rev. Elizabeth Blunt, celebrant; the Rev. Phillip A Jackson, preacher.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Compline
Thursday, December 24, 8pm
Join Trinity Retreat Center for live-streamed Candlelight Compline on Christmas Eve from the old stone chapel on Facebook Live and Instagram Live. Led by the Rev. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones and Joseph Rose, these services marking the transition from Advent to Christmas in the glow of candlelight will feature special prayers of hope, peace, solidarity, unity, and contemplation in God's everlasting love for the season.
There will be no Morning Prayer, 12:05pm service, or Evening Prayer on Christmas Day.
Friday, December 25, 11:15am
A Eucharist in celebration of Christmas. Music is provided by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street. The Rev. Phillip A. Jackson, celebrant; the Rev. Elizabeth Blunt, preacher.
The Sister Is In: Christmas Day Open House
Friday, December 25, 4–5pm
Trinity’s Sister Ann, SSM will be available to lend an ear to parishioners and neighbors who need to talk, pray, or just sit quietly. Register here.
Christmas Candlelight Compline
Friday, December 25, 8pm
Join Trinity Retreat Center for live-streamed Candlelight Compline on Christmas Eve from the old stone chapel on Facebook Live and Instagram Live. by the Rev. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones and Joseph Rose, these services marking the transition from Advent to Christmas in the glow of candlelight will feature special prayers of hope, peace, solidarity, unity, and contemplation in God's everlasting love for the season.
Visit the Crèche at Trinity Church
Through January 6, 2021
Come to the manger where the Holy Family welcomes the Christ Child’s birth. From Christmas to Epiphany, we’ll await the coming of the Magi as they wind their way through Trinity’s south churchyard. Take a moment to reflect on the gifts of the season—love, light, life, and joy—and carry those gifts with you.