Welcome to Trinity Church! We are a thriving Christian community in the heart of Boston's Back Bay, and a member parish of the American Episcopal Church. Housed in a grand and historic building consistently ranked as one of America's most significant architectural landmarks, we are also a parish family drawing members from Boston and much of eastern Massachusetts. In our common worship and shared ministries we seek to encounter the holy together and stand as a visible witness of God's love for the world. We hope to know you better, invite you to learn more about us and to worship with us.
Reconciliation of a Penitent (a practice commonly called Confession) is the rite in which those who repent of their sins confess them to God in the presence of a priest and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution.
Reconciliation (Confession) is offered by appointment. Please call 617-536-0944 to schedule a time to meet with one of the clergy.
Anointing the sick with oil (Unction), also known as the laying-on-of-hands, is the rite by which God's grace is given for the healing of spirit, body, and mind. Prayer for the sick and the laying-on-of-hands with or without oil is offered by the clergy when they visit the sick. Additionally, there is a Holy Eucharist with Laying-on-of-Hands and Prayer service. For more information, contact Derby Swanson, Worship Administrator.
Ordination is the rite by which God gives authority and the grace of the Holy Spirit to those being made bishops, priests, and deacons, through prayer and the laying-on-of-hands by bishops. Ordination is the Bishop's prerogative and the ordination process is administered by the Bishop's Office and the Diocesan Commission on Ministry. For more information on ordination, visit the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
Worship volunteers are given assignments in three-month intervals on a rota system. If you are a lay liturgist or lector and need to make a change, please contact Derby Swanson, Worship Administrator.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) assist with the celebration of the Eucharist and particularly with serving the chalice at the altar rail. If you feel that you are called to this ministry and would like to serve in this way, please sign up for our training program. Upon completion of the training, LEMs are licensed by the Bishop.
Serving at the altar gives parishioners an opportunity to be at the heart of our worship and is an excellent way to become involved in the spiritual life of our parish. For more information on becoming a LEM, contact Derby Swanson, Worship Administrator.
Lectors are parishioners who read the lessons and lead the prayers at all of our public services. After a training program, they are included in a rotation of assignments for reading at the 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 6:00 p.m. Sunday services as well as for services on high and holy days. The public reading of scripture is a great way to bear witness to the faith and to feel part of the life and worship of our community. For more information on becoming a lector, contact Derby Swanson, Worship Administrator.
All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to serve as acolytes for our worship services. This is an opportunity to learn about the liturgical life of Trinity and to work with other volunteers to make the worship service happen each week. This is also great leadership experience!
Acolytes take part in worship services in a variety of ways:
- they carry crosses and torches in processions,
- they serve at the altar during the Eucharist,
- they receive gifts during the Offertory,
- they read lessons during the liturgy,
- and they have special tasks and roles on feast days, high holy days, and special services.
Training sessions are held throughout the year. For more information, contact Mary Davenport Davis, Minister for Youth and Social Media.
Needlepoint kneelers commemorate many events, big and small, in our parish community: weddings, baptisms, memorials, and ministry groups such as the Trinity Builders Habitat for Humanity Team. If you look closely, you may even find the kneeler for the cat named Mr. Brooks, who for years worked hard to keep our cellar (now Undercroft) varmint-free.
If you'd like to commission a kneeler in honor of a special occasion or in memory of someone dear to you, please download the Needlepoint Kneelers Information. If you have any questions, please contact Derby Swanson, Worship Administrator.
People from all over the city, state, country - and in many cases, from across the world - come to Trinity seeking to find the peace of God. Making them feel at home is the role of the ushers. Ushers serve one to two hours twice a month on Sunday mornings at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services, and for Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter as available. For more information on becoming an usher, contact Derby Swanson, Worship Administrator.
Worship is at the heart of our parish life and the altar is at the heart of our worship. The Altar Guild is responsible for the care of the altar and its furnishings, and for all the preparations of the sanctuary for worship. Guild members serve two hours twice per month at one of our four Sunday services. If you are interested in joining, contact Lynne Jones, 617-536-0944.