Church of the Intercession
Parish of Trinity Church - St. Paul's Chapel

New York, New York, USA

Clement Clarke Moore—Candlelight Commemoration


The annual event, the oldest and best-known Christmas tradition in northern Manhattan, began in 1911. In the late afternoon of the last Sunday before Christmas, a reading of Moore's A Visit from St. Nicholas, more commonly known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," and traditional carols begin in the Church of the Intercession, followed by a lantern procession along Broadway to Moore's gravesite down the steep hill into Trinity Cemetery. Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) was the son of Dr. Benjamin Moore, a rector of Trinity Parish. Clement Moore served as professor at Columbia University and General Theological Seminary. There is also a walking tour of the cemetery earlier in the afternoon, ending at the church in time for the celebration.

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