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Four Changes This Sunday

Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 11, 2018

This is a quadruple change weekend.  Daylight savings time begins this Sunday, Yale is on spring break, the annual St. Patrick’s Day restricts parking, and Chapel on the Green moves to 10:30.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade Logistics


The following communication was delivered to the Trinity parish offices from the City of New Haven. Please plan accordingly.
“For your information, this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Sunday, March 11th. The parade will kick off from Derby Ave at Chapel Street at approximately 1:30 p.m. It will proceed down Chapel Street, Church Street past City Hall and end at Grove Street.


In connection with the parade, parking on Chapel Street between College Street and Church Street will be prohibited after 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11th and parking on Church Street will be prohibited after 6:00 a.m. to allow for set up of the reviewing stand. Any cars parked in violation of these times will be towed to clear the parade route. Every effort will be made not to interfere with church services, but we wanted to provide you with this information so that you can plan accordingly and perhaps share it with your parishioners.




Michael Carter
Chief Administrative Officer”

Lent & Easter 2018 Events

For a bulletin of all the Lent and Easter events in one place that you can print, see 2018 Lent Program.

Lent and Eater are busy seasons at Trinity. We have a six-week program with 11 Preachers, 14 Services, 3+ choirs packing the chancel, and hundreds of eggs.

Lent begins with two services for Ash Wednesday on February 14, 2018, followed by 5 weeks of guest preaching on the topic “Heirs Through Hope: Beyond the Violence”, and ending with four services in Holy Week starting with Palm Sunday on March 25, 2018. We then celebrate Easter Day with 4 services, including the traditional Hallelujah Chorus with 3 choirs and instruments at the 9am and 11am services, the now venerable and very popular Easter Egg Hunt on the Green after the 9am service.

Sermons will be uploaded here when available:

  1. Sermon Lent I, Charles Lermert
  2. Sermon Lent 2, Their Eyes Must Be Watching God, Cecil Tengatenga
  3. Sermon Lent 2. Hope when Earth’s Future is Uncerin, Rich Walser
  4. How Can we Find Hope and Joy in An Age Like This – Sarah Farmer
  5. Christian Hope for the Hopeless March 18, Dr. Jonathan Lee
  6. Living Deep and Living Wide 03-25-18, Rev. Dr. Paul Carling


Heirs Through Hope Lenten Series

The Heirs Through Hope Lenten speakers will preach at the 9 and 11 Sunday services.

Holy Week

Easter Day Services, and Easter Egg Hunt

There’s no place like home

There’s No Place Like Home

150 Huntington St New Haven CT 06511 2017

Director: Marjorie Mary Eichler

Founded in 1988 to provide a home for children, There’s no place like home focuses on adopting those with disabilities/illnesses and sibling groups. The commitment to these children is lifelong regardless of the extent of their problems. The number of children in the home usually is between 8 and 12.

If you would like to donate to support the home (always needing repair)  click on the below button.Donate now button

Or contact our Business Administrator at Trinity (203)  624-3101.


Sign up for Christmas Pageant

The Christmas Pageant Approaches!

Now that fall has finally arrived in New Haven, Advent is around the corner. Our annual Christmas pageant will take place this year on Sunday, December 10 at 10:00 a.m. Our rehearsal will take place Saturday, December 9 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

You can be involved in three ways:

Children: Parents can sign kids up for the pageant with this online form, or on the paper sign-up sheet on the door of the Sunday School office in the Undercroft.

Parents and Adults: You can volunteer to support pageant by helping with costume fittings and helping children learn their parts. Contact Greg Johnston for more information.

Everyone: We will be collecting wrapped gifts to be donated this year. We invite you to bring a gift to the rehearsal on Saturday or to the pageant on Sunday to be collected.


Did Trinity’s Doolittle invent Santa?

Did Isaac Doolittle III, who was baptized at Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, and was the grandson of Trinity’s founding Warden, Isaac Doolittle, invent Santa Claus?  In 1821, he drew illustrations for the poem Old Santeclaus with Much Delight,  with images of the bearded gift giver dressed in red.  His “Santeclaus” arrives from the sky on rooftops on a sleigh pulled by a reindeer, and puts presents for good children in stockings, but leaves “a long, black, birchen rod” (instead of coal) to be used by parents on naughty children.

The History of Santa Claus

The publication of the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, more commonly known as The Night Before Christmas, is generally  credited with launching the nineteenth-century idea of Santa Claus, and making Christmas into a gift-giving holiday.  Published anonymously in 1823,  it was written by Clement Clarke Moore,  the son of the Episcopal Bishop Benjamin Moore  of New York,  and American Professor of Divinity  at the General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in New York City.  It became widely popular, and has been called “arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American”.

However, there was a work published two years earlier in 1821 that likely inspired Moore’s popular poem.  The Children’s Friend: A New-Year’s Present to the Little Ones from Five to Twelve was published as a booklet about “Santaclaus” on a reindeer-pulled sleight, arriving on a rooftop, and bringing children presents if they were good for their stockings, and a birch whipping rod if they were not. It contained Old Santeclaus with Much Delight, an anonymous poem describing Santeclaus on a reindeer pulled airbourn sleigh, bringing presents to children. A Visit from St. Nicholas mentions Saint Nicholas four times, including in the title, but doesn’t mention Santa Claus, or Santeclaus, even once.

It contained a eight stanza poem with eight hand colored engravings, and cost was 25 cents.  The author of the poem was the Presbyterian minister Rev. Arthur J. Stansbury. Isaac Doolittle and William Armand Barnet were the lithographers, and William Gilley was the publisher.  While it is not known who drew the pictures, Doolittle is listed before Barnet on the title page, and he was an artist as well as an inventor and mechanic; there is a comic cartoon of Doolittle at work painting (see below), so it most likely was Doolittle.  Arthur J. Stansbury soon abandoned the ministry for a career as a congressional reporter.  This may account for the oddity of a Presbyterian  minister writing the first poem on this quasi-pagan quasi-Catholic legendary character

“The Children’s Friend” is also famous for being the first known use of lithography (printing images from wax drawn on limestone) in America.

You can view a copy of the book digitized by Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The publisher was William Gilley (1785-1830).  He was a friend and neighbor of Clement C. Moore, and a publisher for the Episcopal Church of New York,  including the Book of Common Prayer and the Episcopal Psalter. He may have suggested to Moore that he write a more Episcopal friendly (and child friendly) version.

So did Isaac the son of Isaac the son of Warden Isaac Doolittle invent “Santeclaus”?  Perhaps not, as stories of the old gift giver with the Dutch name Sinterklaas were apparently common in New York around 1820, a state with still a strong Dutch-heritage population.  But Doolittle seems to have been the first to illustrate the character, and the first to use the lithographic process to print the story. And the first to use Stanteclause in print, which has now our Santa Claus. For more on this  doubly seminal first Santa Claus poem with it wonderful colorized lithography, see Santa Claus Exposed from the American Antiquarian Society.

The First Christmas in Connecticut

Trinity’s celebration of Christmas goes back almost to its founding. The Rev. Dr. Samuel Johnson was assigned as missionary-priest of a very large parish in 1723.  The only Church of England parish in all of Connecticut, it stretched from Norwalk to Guildford and included all the shore towns between,  as well as  the adjacent the inland villages from Wallingford down to Wilton.

He built the first Anglican church, Christ Church Stafford, the next year, and opened it on Christmas Day.  As the Congregationalists did not celebrate holidays not mentioned in scripture (except Thanksgiving),  It was the first time Christmas was celebrated in Connecticut.

The Extraordinary Mr. Isaac Doolittle the First

It took thirty years, but Dr. Johnson eventually built the first Trinity church building in New Haven. In 1750 he appointed Isaac Doolittle and Enos Alling as Wardens to a parish of 24 families.  They built the first Trinity Church and opened it in  June of 1753.

Isaac Doolittle was “ingenious inventor” as well as a wealthy silversmith, brass foundry owner and bell maker, clock maker, instrument maker, and engraver.  He designed and manufactured the first printing press in America, said to be superior to those imported from England. When the Revolutionary War broke out, he opened a gunpowder mill in Westville. He was also placed in charge of New Haven’s beacon-alarm system and port supervision, and sent by the state government to prospect for the scare resource of lead.  When a Yale student named David Bushnell approached him with an idea for an underwater vessel to attack ships, he designed and built the brass and moving parts of the Turtle — the  He likely funded it, and provided the gunpowder and lead basalt.  As Rev. Hubbard of Trinity Church New Haven was officially neutral, the patriotic Doolittle left his position of Warden for the duration of the war, and only returned to the vestry after.

Isaac Doolitte’s son, Isaac Doolittle II, also became a clock maker.

Mr. Isaac Doolittle the Third

Isaac Doolittle III, (1784–1852)  was baptized at his grandfather’s Trinity Church on November 7, 1783. While traveling, he was detained in France in 1809 and lived there off and on for more than a decade. During his sojourn in Paris he was befriended by American diplomats, learned French, and joined the Société d’Encouragement pour l’Industrie Nationale. He left Europe carrying a packet of American consular dispatches in February 1813 at the height of the War of 1812. He was captured by a British Warship and held for three months.  He was successful in hiding the dispatches, and eventually delivered them to Thomas Jefferson.  Returning to France, he was a clerk in the Paris embassy, but failed to obtain a diplomatic post.  He then he moved to New York City, where he and  William Armand Barnet introduced lithography into America with the publication of The Children’s Friend and other illustrated books,  This comic sketch by Doolittle of himself as a painter dates from about 1820.

From the end of 1822 to about 1846, he was manager of the Bennington Iron-Works in Vermont. He also wrote articles the American Journal of Science and Arts and obtained at least three patents.

Doolittle died in Rochester, New York, in 1852.  The following extracts are from his obituary, published in New Haven on April 26, 1852.

“Mr. Doolittle died on Saturday. Mr. D. was a native of Connecticut, though a considerable part of his active life was spent in France.— He was a gentleman of more than ordinary information and general intelligence. His uprightness and integrity of character commanded the respect of all who knew him, while the qualities of his head won their warm regard. His mind was active and well informed in mathematics and in natural science. Early in life and during the war between France and England he was made prisoner of war, and carried to France. Instead of idling away his hours, he rose above the surrounding evils, and studied the French language of which he became an expert. His family have a volume published by him in French before 1821, upon steam as applied to navigation. He had inventive faculties of unusual versatility, which suggested various improvements in machinery and secured him a variety of patents. It is believed that he introduced Lithography into this country and worked off the first sheets in the city of New York.

He was not of that class who satisfy themselves in witnessing their private success. He was ready to forget self at the suggestion of any public improvement. . . . Though prosperity may surround such men for a time, they are not likely to retain it long. But they are sure to gain what is still better and what they value higher — warm hearts and a blessed