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The Chapel Restoration Project

The Chapel of Trinity College Kandy, a historical landmark at Trinity College Kandy has inspired the Trinity community since 1922. After decades of continuous exposure, the chapel now requires significant restoration to preserve its structural integrity and historical value. This document outlines the plan for comprehensive restoration, seeking community funding to support the preservation of this most cherished Trinity artifact, which embodies the core-values Trinity: integrity – service – excellence - resilience.

The restoration will ensure the chapel continues to serve as a place for reflection, assembly, and spiritual growth for future generations of Trinitians and others. Hence, preserving for eternity.


“With solemn word and sign will we dedicate this house of prayer, in token that hereafter no man should enter therein except he be on worship bent, intent to seek God's presence, to meditate upon His Holy Word, or partake of His Holy Sacrament”

Build in the lines of Sri Lankan and Kandyan architecture and dedicated to the service of God in 1935, the Trinity College Chapel stands in a serene environment in the School. The Chapel is known to be one of the greatest architectural undertakings in contemporary Sri Lanka. Often referred to as a ‘Chapel without walls’, the Trinity Chapel is built upon elite composition of granite pillars, a high held roof along with magnificent wooden and rock carvings.

The Chapel is best known for its mural paintings done by David Paynter (an Old Boy himself). There are three distinctive murals behind the main altar, pulpit and lectern (depicting biblical stories in a Sri Lankan setting) to indicate the building's Christian ethic. The Chapel also consists of a ‘Side Chapel’ towards the North entrance. The Side Chapel is mostly used for services with less congregation and currently there are services held on Wednesday mornings for the hostelers at Trinity. The Side Chapel is always open for private prayer.

Located at the Southern entrance to the Chapel is a small ‘vestry’ currently being used to keep vestments and other liturgical objects and is also occasionally used as an office for the Chaplain.

The Chapel forms the central part of life at Trinity. Except on school holidays it is regularly used for Christian worship with short services on Tuesdays and Thursdays and regular Sunday Services. There are special services to mark the main events in the Christian calendar.

Although this chapel is of great architectural and artistic interest, it was of course built as a place of worship. It is more than a college chapel; it is a parish church belonging to the diocese of kurunagala, and Kandy residents and visitors to Kandy are most welcome to worship here.

Trinity College Kandy has always catered towards producing boys with ‘Christ-like’ characters towards the society - who are able to serve each other with good spirit, love and compassion, who will annihilate ‘sins’ and show redemption to ‘sinners’, who will choose prevention before punishment and who will first learn to respect authority and later use it with good sense and restraint. The Trinity College Chapel is something inspiring for generations of Trinitians yet to be born. It will stand as testimony to their vision, their labour of love, their skill, and their dedication, for a millennium to come.

About the Chapel


Read more +12 December 2023 By Website Editor in Chapel, Choir, College, College News

The serenity & beauty of A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols 2023 

Reviewed by Chaniru Senhas (Web Content Team) Annually, Trinity College, Kandy, celebrates the beginning of the Church year with tremendous fervour; unfolding the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a spiritual pilgrimage to welcome Christmas.  Integrated with music, insightful biblical lessons demonstrate gratitude to God.  Blessed with months of preparations and meticulous planning, the Trinity College
Read more +17 June 2023 By Website Admin in Chapel, Choir, College, College News

Annual Bishop’s Visit and Service of Confirmation

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:4-5 The annual Bishop’s visit and feast of the Holy Trinity Chapel was observed on
Read more +01 February 2023 By Website Admin in Chapel, Choir, College, College News

Founders’ Day Thanksgiving Service – commemorating 151 Years

As the Trinity College Chapel gilded with the morning skies on the 17th of January 2023, the Trinity family gathered at the heart of the College to give praise and Thanksgiving on the 151st founders day marking the conclusion of the Sesquicentennial anniversary year of the College. With the pealing of the Chapel bell from
Read more +23 August 2022 By Website Admin in Chapel, Choir, College, College News

Commemoration Service – 100 years in Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Trinity College Chapel

On 19th August 2022, we commemorated 100 Years in Laying of the Foundation Stone of our College Chapel with a special Communion Service held in the Chapel at 08.00am. The Service was graced by Rt. Revd. Keerthisiri Fernando (Bishop of Kurunagala and the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Ceylon), Rt. Revd. Dushantha Rodrigo (Bishop
Read more +19 June 2022 By Website Admin in Chapel, College, College News, News

Trinity Monday 2022 – Feast of the Holy Trinity Church and Service of Confirmation

This year's Trinity Monday took place on 13th June 2022 at the College Chapel at 7.30 am. The Bishop of Kurunagala, Rt. Rev. Keerthisiri Fernando attended the service as the main celebrant.
Read more +10 February 2022 By Website Admin in 150 Celebrations, Chapel, College, College News, News

Sesquicentennial Anniversary Thanksgiving Service – Reviewed

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
Read more +05 January 2022 By Website Admin in Chapel, College News, News

Photographs of the Paynter Murals in the Chapel

This appeal goes out to our Old Boys, former Staff Members, Members of the extended Trinity family and Well-wishers. The College is in urgent need of pre-1990 colour photographs of the Murals. The College has recently undertaken a big project to restore and protect the valuable David Paynter Murals in the Chapel and such photographs
Read more +30 September 2021 By Website Admin in Chapel, Choir, College, General Articles, History

Master, Mentor, and Friend – Ronald Thangiah

The year was 1966, and a day scholar who sang treble in the Choir and had arrived early for the 6.30 pm practice was standing by the main entrance to the Trinity College Chapel when a man who could not have been more than 15 years his senior, climbed up the steps to the Chapel,
Read more +27 September 2020 By Website Admin in Chapel, Choir, College, News

Installation Service of the Principal, Rev. Fr. Araliya Jayasundara OSB

In 1924, when Rev. J. Mcleod Campbell was installed as the Principal of Trinity, there was a ceremonial procession around the Kandy town. Such is the importance of the Installation ceremony of a Principal for the Trinity community. On Friday, 25th of September 2020 Reverend Father Araliya Jayasundara OSB was appointed as the new Principal

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