Six Years of Work 1984 - 1990. Dedicated April 1, 1990
The purpose of the project was to replace the standard red velvet kneelers and cushions with handmade needlepoint
There are eight seat cushions, 13 kneelers, a book cover, and four collection plate liners. They are in use everyday and truly works of art. Each has its own design described below
Lamb of God (St. John 1:29) standing with banner of victory. The three rayed nimbus denotes deity. Silver staff--a precious metal tested by fire is a symbol of purity.
Symbol of Mary and of love. The Messianic rose derives its meaning from Isaiah 35. Design taken from St. Alban's white festival altar hangings.
Three gold crowns representing the magi and their three gifts. St. Matthew 2:11. IHS monogram of Jesus, first three letters of Jesus in Greek. (IHSUS)
Descending dove - symbol of purity and peace and the Holy Ghost. St. John 1:32. Always includes the rayed nimbus. The flames signify the presence of God.
Kingly Crown Cross Adorned and palms. The triumphant entry, the crucifixion and final glorification.
A modified Roman Cross entwined with lilies associated with the resurrection. The bulb decays in the ground but brings forth the pure white flower at Easter time.
7 & 8. Two chair seats
The bursting pomegranate symbolizes the power of the Lord who burst forth alive from the tomb. The many seeds have also suggested the oneness and unity of many in Christ - thus the church.
9 Alpha kneeler. & 10. Omega kneeler-
The first and last letters of the Greek. alphabet signify God as the beginning and the end. The design is copied from St. Alban's hand carved altar.
11 The Wedding kneeler
The two gold rings over the cross show the sanctification of the marriage vows. The carnation is a symbol of pure love and of marriage. Because the myrtle is always green it symbolizes fidelity; because it clings to it's support, it is also a symbol of undying affection.
12 The Crown of Thorns kneeler
The crown signifies grief and tribulation.
13 The Circle of Fish kneeler
The number three symbolizes the triune God. The word fish in Greek uses the initial letters of Jesus Christ, God's Son, Saviour.
14. The open Bible kneeler
Represents the Word of God.
15. The Cross Cantonée kneeler
This kneeler for the prie-dieu suggests the five wounds of the crucified Lord.
16-22. Altar rail kneelers close ups
The violet represents the humility of the Son of God in assuming human form. The bee was compared by St. Ambrose to the Christian working ardently; and forever1 true to the hive (the church).
17. The Budded Cross
The daisy symbolizes the innocence of the Holy Child. The three stages of the butterfly represent life, death and resurrection.
19 The Cross Clechée
The grapes represent the Eucharist Wine - the Blood of Christ. The vine is a symbol of Christ. St. John 15:1,5, 8. The wheat symbolizes the bread of the Eucharist.
21. The Entrailed Cross
Holly - A legend says it was the wood of the cross, a symbol of the Passion.
23. Book cover depicting the shield of St. Alban.
24.- 28. Liner pads for the collection plates and the alms basin.
The idea began in the Spring of 1982 thanks to the concern and vision of The Reverend Don Grindy, Emily Sypher, Betty Lawrence, and Curtis Shake.
Work began in the fall of 1983. Florence Bell and Toloa Perry created the designs. Yarns came from Eleanor's Needle Art Shop.
The needlepoint stitching commenced in March of 1984 and continued until February 1990 thanks to Janet Besmer, Ruth Britton, Helen Dixon, Mary Franck, Helen Gerberich, Beverly Hays, Betty Lawrence, Marguerite Livshin, Bobbi Lombardo, Erma Mowers, Julie Osmun-Giles, Margaret Painter, Sue Parry, Winnie Price, Kathy Schultz, Lynne Shaffer, Emily Sypher, Julia Trevethick, Gussie Zimmerman and Ethel Zapf. One estimate is that it took about 18000 hours of work
H & E Kohl Upholsterers stuffed the cushions.