Trinity Church in Copley Square is an imposing landmark. It is one of Boston’s premier tourist attractions, visited by thousands annually. It is also a thriving church community. I don’t know why in the fifty years that I’ve lived in or near Boston and the dozens of tourists I’ve shown around the city, I’d never entered it until last Sunday.
We took a pre-holiday break (or post Thanksgiving) and spent the weekend in the city. Although we would normally have attended the Arlington Street Church, a congregation of Unitarians like us, we decided to go to Trinity and see what makes it such a hit with visitors. It is as impressive inside as out with the magnificent stained glass windows, vaulted ceiling, and carved wood detail.
The choir anthems and the glorious organ music were worth the visit but the thing that we most enjoyed was the participation of the Nigerian congregation. The Nigerian’s hold their own services in the church at a different time but this past Sunday were active in the 11:15 Sunday morning service. Some of the men wore colorful robes, many of the women were dressed in beautiful dresses of lace or intricate patterns and striking head dresses of brilliant colors elaborately arranged into intricate patterns. At the end of the service they made a processional up the aisle presenting the gifts. As they proceeded back they sang a traditional Nigerian hymn, it was a joyous chant sung with clapping of hands and enthusiasm. It reminded me of the music at the church services I’d attended during my Haitian trips.
Once again I am reminded of the wonderful diversity of our world and it’s traditions.

Trinity Church, photo by Peter Whelerton, York, UK