Holidays and Special Services
We invite you to join us to observe significant events in the life of the church, the city, and the country. We offer services to commemorate Christian holy days; and host special events like the annual favorite Candlelight Carols.
In addition to special holiday services, Trinity often hosts special events and services for the city in times of celebration or sorrow. Examples include an Evensong to Celebrate Marriage Equality, and a day-long Election Day Vigil to pray for our nation and our common life.
SEASONS AND HOLIDAYS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Each year our Christian tradition tells the grand story of God’s saving work in the world through our worship together. Many of our special services are based on this church calendar, known as a liturgical year. As a result, our worship may feel different during different seasons.
The church year begins toward the end of the calendar year, with Advent, the season of preparation; we look deeply at the hardships and darkness in the world, and we wait with confidence for the coming of Christ, the light who shines in the darkness.
Christmas, which begins on December and lasts for twelve days, is a time of feasting and merriment, as we celebrate God coming into the world in Jesus Christ.
Epiphany begins on January 6, and marks the light of Christ becoming clearly visible in our lives.
Beginning with Ash Wednesday, Lent is a six-week period marked by an increased solemnity and introspection. During services, we engage in communal repentance for the brokenness of the world, and independently, individuals often take this time for a special discipline of fasting, prayer, or learning. Rather than a gloomy season, though, Lent can often be a time when we grow close to God and one another as we face the deep truths of our hearts.
The week leading up to Easter, known as Holy Week, immerses us in the story of Jesus’ final days on earth, his death, and his glorious resurrection. We re-live this story in special services throughout the week. On Easter Sunday and the fifty days of Eastertide which follow, we celebrate the ultimate truth of the Christian faith: that love always triumphs over death.
There are other special feast days and holidays as well, but most of the year is known as “Ordinary Time.” Far from trivial, these seasons are when we seek to do the work God calls us into with ever-greater trust and love.
This accomplished choir is open to all boys and girls aged 8 to 18, regardless of religious affiliation.
The Schola Cantorum consists of both professional and auditioned volunteer altos, tenors, and basses.
The Trinity Choir features adult singers, including professionals and auditioned volunteers.
The Evening Choir consists of professional and volunteer adult singers who sing for the Sunday 6 p.m. Holy Eucharist.
Featuring eight of Boston’s finest professional singers, the Compline Choir sings for our Sunday 8 p.m. Compline service.
Named after John La Farge, Trinity Church Boston’s famed muralist and stained-glass maker, The La Farge Ensemble is a chamber ensemble consisting of eight professional singers and eight of Trinity’s best volunteer singers.
If you would like to become part of our communion of prayers and pray-ers, consider becoming part of our Prayer Chain Ministry.
Trinity’s Hallelu Singers offer the healing gift of music through a cappella performances at hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, and other settings.
The Altar Guild is responsible for the care of the altar and its furnishings, and for all the preparations of the sanctuary for worship.
Following completion of our training program, Lay Eucharistic Ministers assist with the celebration of the Eucharist, particularly with serving the chalice at the altar rail.
Trinity Eucharistic Visitors also visit and offer the Sacrament to residents of Hale House, a community of elders located within walking distance of the church.
Youth interested in learning about the liturgical life of Trinity Church Boston are invited into the Acolyte program.
Trinity is represented at the annual Diocesan Convention by two delegates and one alternate, who are elected at Annual Meeting in the spring.
The job of a Delegate to the Boston Harbor Deanery is to provide a link between the congregation and the regional Deanery by representing the congr
The job of a Delegate to the Episcopal City Mission is to provide a link between the congregation and the work of Episcopal City Mission (ECM).
Trinity Church’s needlepoint kneelers are a unique part of our space and recall people and events in the life of the church and beyond.
The Robert Treat Paine Society is a band of dedicated volunteers who care for the Trinity sanctuary.