Overview & News
Although Choral Evensong has now ended for the season, the full Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys continues to sing on Sundays at 11am through June 7. June 7 is known as “Leaving Sunday”—the last opportunity you will have to hear the full choir until it returns in September.
Over the summer months, daily worship continues at Saint Thomas. Sundays include a said service at 8am, a sung service at 9am (with music sung by the congregation), and a choral service at 11am, with music sung by visiting choirs or the Gentlemen of the Choir. Weekday services are all said, occurring each day in the Chantry Chapel (more on that in the section below).
Please note that new, streamlined rules have been put in place to allow parishioners easy access to Saint Thomas Church during major parades and other events on Sundays during the Summer months. For all major parades parishioners should approach the Church from 53rd street. Both east & west bound. For more information about how to get to Saint Thomas, please read our visitor information page.
The exception to the summer schedule comes at the end of July, when the girl choristers who attend our summertime Girl Choristers’ Course sing three times: at special weekday Choral Evensongs at 5:30pm on July 28 and July 30, and at the 11am Eucharist on Sunday, August 2. This Girls’ Course is an outstanding annual program that includes talented girls from around the country who stay at the choir school and develop their musical skills. We invite you to mark these special choral dates on your calendar and join us in the pews or via the webcasts.
Weekday Said Services in the Chantry Chapel
Saint Thomas offers daily said services in the Chantry Chapel, which is to the left side of the church after you enter the Fifth Avenue doors, and we invite you to join us. Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer are followed by a Mass, so the total time for the 8am and 5:30pm said services is about 35 minutes. The 12:10pm service usually lasts about 25 minutes, except on Tuesdays when it is a bit longer because that service includes the laying on of hands for healing. Although the daily services in the Chantry do not include music, they can be quite powerful in their intimacy and simplicity, and are especially ideal for those who want to pray, hear Holy Scripture, and make their Holy Communion. About 15 minutes prior to each service, service cards are available on a table which is placed at the back of the Chantry Chapel. These cards will help you follow along during the Mass.welcome@SaintThomasChurch.org