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Worship at the Cathedral

There are worship services each Sunday, during the week, and on special occasions at Historic Trinity. Follow the links on this page for more details on each. For additional information, E-mail Historic Trinity

Sunday Morning Worship

8:15 a.m.: Early Morning Worship Service

Traditional worship using liturgy from The Lutheran Service Book.  The Order of Matins is used the first and fifth Sundays of the Month.  Holy communion is celebrated the second and fourth Sundays.

9:30 a.m.: Family Worship Service

Traditional worship using liturgy from The Lutheran Service Book. Holy communion is celebrated the second and fourth Sundays.

Sunday School and Adult Bible Class also meet during this time period. Bible class is led by one of the Cathedral Pastors.

11:00 a.m.: Traditional Lutheran Worship Service

Traditional worship using liturgy from The Lutheran Service Book. Holy communion is celebrated the first and third Sundays. There is music by the Cathedral Choir or guest musicians each Sunday. Special seminars and Adult Information Classes may also meet during this hour.

Monday Evening Worship Services - Each Summer

6:30 p.m.: Brief "Compline "Worship Service, a worship service with Holy Communion.

Monday Evening Worship Services are at held each summer, June through August, except for the 4th of July and Labor Day.

Special Cathedral Services

New Year's Day, January 1, 10:00 a.m. "With the Lord Begin your Task. Jesus will direct it." Communion worship service.

Retire the Alleluia Banner. This ancient tradition is observed in all services the Sunday before Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday and Downtown Lutheran Lenten Series. Lenten services begin on Ash Wednesday at Historic Trinity and extends through Holy Week.

Youth Sunday is presented in late winter or early spring.

Lenten Passion Play is presented during all three services on a Sunday during Lent each year depicting events of the Lenten passion.

Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week. Historic Trinity is noted for the beautiful "Procession of Palms" at all three worship services.

Holy Week Services begin after Palm Sunday. Follow this link for the details of their beauty.

Easter Sunday is a time of joy and wonder at Historic Trinity. Follow this link for all the details of the services and customs.

Ascension Day is forty days after Easter. The Paschal Candle is extinguished. Ascension is observed on Ascension Sunday.

Mothers Day is observed each year. On Mothers Day each female present receives a flower. A harpist beautifies the services each year on this day.

Veterans Sunday is held each May which includes posting of the colors, Taps, and singing of National hymns.

Memorial Sunday commemorates Memorial Day. Follow this link for details of the service and a history of Memorial Day.

Pentecost is observed fifty days after Easter.

Fathers Day is observed the third Sunday of June each year. This services honors the family unit. Each male present receives a gift.

The Freedom Festival is the last Sunday in June and celebrates the freedom of the United States and Canada. Bagpipers are part of the service where the national anthems of both countries are sung. It is a very joyous, patriotic day.

Independence Sunday commemorates the birthday of the United States of America.

Seniors Sunday is held each August in conjunction with National Senior Citizens Day

Red and Blue Sunday is held each fall at Historic Trinity. There will be a special litany, and prayer cards will be presented to firefighters and law enforecement officers. Follow this link for the date and additional information.

St. Luke's Service is held on a Sunday in October and honors those in the Medical Profession. Follow this link for the date and additional details.

Blessing of the Pets is observed at all three worship services on a Sunday in October. Pets and their owners are announced by name. Each receives a blessing and a St. Francis of Assisi emblem. Follow this link for the date and additional details.

Reformation services take place the Sunday closest to Reformation Day, during all worship services. Be proud of our Lutheran heritage, and participate in these inspiring services.

The Blessing of the Greens occurs each November when the magnificent Christmas decorations at Historic Trinity are complete. It is the traditional beginning of the Christmas season at Historic Trinity. Each person present receives a decoration for their home at Christmas.

Downtown Lutheran Advent Services are at noon and evening each Wednesday during Advent. There is a guest preacher and choir at each service.

Advent by Candlelight takes place each November. The service is conducted by women of Historic Trinity and is preceded by a Festival of Desserts in the Huegli Auditorium. Follow this link for details and pictures.

Thanksgiving Services are held at 7:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve and 10:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Each family receives a loaf of bread for their Thanksgiving meal. Members fill baskets with food to be donated to families of children in a neighboring school.

German Language Christmas Service takes place each Advent. A German choir sings; and the liturgy, readings, and sermon are all in German.

The Living Nativity, a Christmas drama, is presented each year.

Christmas Eve is not complete without attending a service at Historic Trinity. There is a Family Service at 6:00 p.m. and two traditional Candlelight services at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.. Follow this link for all the details.

Christmas Day takes place Wednesday, December 25, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.

New Year's Eve Festival Communion Service at 7:00 p.m. This is one of the most popular services of the entire year. End the Year at this beautiful worship service.


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Historic Trinity Lutheran Church
1345 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48207
Phone:(800) 268-3058 (Michigan Only) or (313) 567-3100
Fax:(313) 567-3209
Email: Historic Trinity


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