Between its extraordinary vaulted ceiling, stained glass windows by William Jay Bolton, and Gothic details, St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church is a striking building in the NYC borough. What’s more St. Ann’s is regularly illuminated by the Candlelight series’ enchanting sea of candles. Candlelight invites guests to listen to some of their favorite music in a new way, from works by timeless composers to modern-day icons.
If you haven’t already visited the stunning church, you’ll find it at 157 Montague Street. Hop on the B25 bus to Camden Plaza West and Johnson St. or B26 bus to Camden Plaza West and Montague St. You can also take the R subway to Court Street. There is very limited street parking, so if arriving by car, look for nearby parking garages.
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
1. A once proud spire
When the church was initially constructed, a spire was added to an already 275-foot tower. The addition of the spire made the Holy Trinity Church one of the most visible landmark’s in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, the spire was removed in 1906 due to high maintenance costs as a result of concerns over falling stone.
2. The Cold War strikes
During the Cold War, the widespread dissension among congregation members coupled with accusations against the assistant rector resulted in the dissolution of the Holy Trinity Church in 1957. For more than a decade, the building remained closed.
3. A new beginning
Just four blocks from the closed Holy Trinity Church was St. Ann’s Church. In 1969, the church sold its property to The Packer Collegiate Institute next door. It then received permission to move to the Holy Trinity building leading to St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church.
Candlelight concerts at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
Where better to listen to classical takes on Taylor Swift’s chart-topping hits and to attend Candlelight holiday special than at this spectacular building? Surrounded by the intricate features of St. Ann’s and bathed in the glow of hundreds of flickering candles, let the soothing melodies performed by talented musicians wash over you at an intimate concert.
What else can you do at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church?
St. Ann’s organizes countless events—such as the weekly Pop-Up Pantry addressing hunger, book launches, lectures, and more. Education is also at the heart of the church’s mission and the community can benefit from Bible studies, faith formation classes, music programs, and child-friendly worship.
There’s something otherworldly about listening to classical renditions of some of the greatest music of all time while sitting inside a historic building. As well as illuminating St. Ann’s, the Candlelight series continues to bring its magic and music to several other venues across NYC. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience.