Trinity Cathedral, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, was the dream of the first Bishop of Easton, The Right Rev. Henry Champlin Lay. The original plans were for a group of buildings to provide the Diocesan offices, a library, and the Bishop's residence around a courtyard in the style of larger European cathedrals. The building in downtown Easton was begun in 1891 at a time when few American dioceses had cathedrals.
In 1892, worship services were offered in a partially completed building, In 1894 the Cathedral was completed (except for the spire and tower) and consecrated. Most of the furnishings of the church, including the brass pulpit and the gorgeous eagle lectern, were in place by 1894. The stained-glass windows were given at various times from 1891 to 1979. The variety of styles reflects changing tastes over almost a century.
The Cathedral is built of granite shipped by water from Port Deposit, Maryland, with a slate roof in the English Gothic style. The interior wood beams and trusses emphasize the ascendant roof as do the clerestory windows. Although it is diminutive in size, the cruciform (cross-shaped) plan is carried out in the side transepts. The exterior of the building was completed in 1978 by the addition of the spire and tower.
A major interior renovation of the Cathedral began in 2013 with construction of a worship platform in the Nave and the inclusion of a new Altar, Credence Table, Cross, and Baptismal Font made from Wye Oak, Red Ivory, and Satinwood by master craftsmen Jim McMartin & Jim Beggins. Other enhancements included refinishing of the floors, interior and exterior painting and upgrading of a number of mechanical systems. In 2014, additional renovations included a new sound system and hydronic air circulation units.
The universal mission of Christian churches is found at the end of Matthew's gospel in which Jesus states, "Go into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit." Each congregation then seeks to develop its own unique mission.
Trinity Cathedral is an open, welcoming, and growing faith community committed to spirit-filled worship that enlightens and inspires Christ like action. The Cathedral focuses on children and youth, spiritual development, education, superb music, and outreach ministries.