Our Verger, Sara Klingner, provided this information about our Frontals for Pentecost:
Red Velvet Frontal
In 1927, the sanctuary was renovated to extend the chancel and choir area. A photograph from an old postcard, now hanging outside the chapel, was taken shortly after that renovation, and shows the original frontal on the high altar.
In the early 1970’s, the dove was removed from the original frontal and sewn onto the new velvet fabric over a nimbus (set of rays in a circle), which were embroidered in gold thread by women of Trinity.
In 1989, Andrea Bernsten, an expert on ecclesiastical embroidery wrote, “While the renovation of 1927 marked an undoubted change in the worship life of the parish, the older chancel furnishings were kept in use, and the parish has maintained their sets of paraments.” We continue to use the frontals and appreciate the history of Trinity that they represent.
This frontal, purchased from J. Wippell and Company of Exeter, England, was purchased in late 1963 as a memorial to Mrs. William McClenaghan, a longtime member of Trinity. This frontal was first used on the altar for Christmas 1963 and was dedicated on Sunday, December 29th.
The encircling of the Jesugram in a sunburst makes this an Easter frontal. This symbol is probably a reference to Malachi 4:2,.”But for you who fear my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.”
- The sunburst is also consistent with a reference to John 1:4-9, wherein Jesus is termed the light of the world who overcame sin and death.