A Service of Thanksgiving to commemorate the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of Trinity College was held at the College Chapel on 17thof January 2022, the College Founders’ Day.
The service commenced at 8.00 am with a Procession led by the College National Drum and Dance Troupe.
The choir rendered “Holy Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!” as the Processional Hymn and this was followed by the Bidding Prayer by the Chaplain, Rev. Shelton Samadanam.
The Principal, Rev. Araliya Jayasundara OSB, then reflected on “The Founders and Foundations of Trinity,” recalling with gratitude the Commitment to God and Service to Man by a group of most remarkable men and women who were here before us. He noted that “Trinity was not built in a day, neither its traditions nor its buildings,” harkening back to 150 years of excellence at Trinity.
The Bible Reading, Epistle and Gospel were read by the Co-Vice Principal, Vice Principal and Principal, respectively.
The Presiding Bishop of the Church of Ceylon and the Bishop of Kurunagala, Rt. Rev. Keerthisiri Fernando presided over the Solemn Thanksgiving Service and the Bishop of Colombo Rt. Rev. Dushantha Rodrigo delivered the sermon. In his opening words, he said that the day was exceptionally auspicious as, apart from marking the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Trinity College, it was a Poya Day, and the day also marked the consecration of the new Bishop of Kandy.
Prayers of the People were delivered by several members of the Staff and the Senior Prefect, Dulara Alawattegema, following which the greeting of peace was led by the Bishop of Kurunegala, Rt. Rev. Keerthisiri Fernando. An Offertory procession representing the different activities of the College then took place.
Following Holy Communion, the Hallelujah chorus, final prayers and blessings and the Recessional, the Thanksgiving Service to mark the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of Trinity College was concluded.