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Doors Open Toronto

Church of the Holy Trinity
Church of the Holy Trinity

Our doors are always open, and we are pleased to participate in this weekend’s celebration of Doors Open Toronto.

Experience this historic, sacred landmark through guided tours that will share some of the secrets and spirits this building contains. Enjoy a performance of Penthelia Singers at 2:30 PM on Saturday and be inspired by the exhibit “Great Crowns for the Queen of Heaven” by Jacqueline Treloar all weekend long. Reverend Dr. Henry Scadding, first priest of Holy Trinity in 1847 will make occasional appearances. Breathe in the spirit of the place as you sit for a moment with a sweet treat and a beverage available for a donation.

Saturday, May 24, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, May 25, 1 pm – 5 pm

Preview the gorgeous music of The Christmas Story


The cast is rehearsing, the beautiful costumes and props are being inspected and repaired, the Babies Jesus are being scheduled … the Holiday Season is just around the corner and that means soon it will be time for THE CHRISTMAS STORY at the Church of the Holy Trinity (right beside the Eaton Centre). For the 76th year running this not-to-be-missed Nativity experience reminds Toronto of the most important message of Christmas.  Plays December 6-22, 2013 (Fri-Sat-Sun).

The music of THE CHRISTMAS STORY is renowned for its beauty. Accompanied by a professional organist, professional choral musicians raise their voices to lift your heart and spirit at this joyous time of year. We though you might like the chance to preview these gorgeous voices as their warmth echoes though the majestic Holy Trinity church, so we’ve uploaded the chorus singing O Little Town of Bethlehem:

Joining the chorus is a cast of more than 100 volunteer performers – including a small roster of infants who play the Baby Jesus! – who look forward to welcoming you this holiday season as they tell this ages-old story through mime, narration, and song.

Gabriel Visits MaryTHE CHRISTMAS STORY is one of Toronto’s most beloved and most enduring Holiday traditions. First staged at the Church in the last years of the Great Depression, generations of Torontonians from all walks of life have been part of this remarkable community event. Now in its 76th consecutive year, for many, this dramatic retelling of the Nativity story captures the true spirit of the season, and can offer an inspiring respite from the frantic shopping taking place right next door.

We look forward to seeing you this year at THE CHRISTMAS STORY – Please join us!


VENUE: The Church of The Holy Trinity
– 19 Trinity Square, Toronto
(beside the Eaton Centre)

DATES: December 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22
– Fri Dec 6 at 7:30pm
– Sat Dec 7 at 4:30pm ** Matinee only
– Sun Dec 9 at 4:30pm ** Matinee only
– Fri Dec 13 at 7:30pm
– Sat Dec 14 at 4:30pm * & 7:30pm
– Sun Dec 15 at 4:30pm
– Fri Dec 20 at 7:30pm *
– Sat Dec 21 at 4:30pm & 7:30pm
– Sun Dec 22 at 4:30pm & 7:30pm
(* ASL sign language interpretation available Saturday, December 14th at 4:30 pm,
and Friday, December 20th at 7:30 pm)

– Suggested Donation is $20 adults / $5 children 17 & under (a collection will be taken).
Reserve via or – follow the CHRISTMAS STORY links for dates and times, or call 416-598-8979 to book.
– Doors open half an hour before performances.
– The Church is fully wheelchair accessible.

Media Contact: Jennifer Radford, STAF Publicist at


Powerful new advocacy video features Holy Trinity

HTvideoHear low-income people speak from experience, HT member and housing advocate Michael Shapcott outline the rich-poor gap, and a powerful call to respond to poverty in Turning the Tide, a new video produced by the Anglican Diocese of Toronto Social Justice & Advocacy Department. It’s meant to kick-start discussion around poverty and homelessness, and encourage action.

Many parishes are already planning events to show it, with a User’s Guide found at Social Justice and Advocacy web page. You can watch this 18-minute video at

St. Martin in the Fields window fragments

StMartinsGlass2 StMartinsGlass1During the bombing of London in 1940, all of the almost 300 year old glass in St. Martin’s, on the edge of Trafalgar Square, was destroyed when a powerful bomb exploded nearby.

The recovered glass fragments pictured here were a gift to Holy Trinity, a symbol of the close relationship between our two churches at that time. The glass is mounted as you see it here in the windows of the Holy Trinity upstairs chapel.

Another piece of shared history is The Christmas Story. This seasonal play had been mounted for many years at St. Martin’s, but stopped during WW2. However, it had been brought to Holy Trinity just before the war and has continued uninterrupted here since that time.