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Trinity's History Explained Through Our Stained Glass

 

Christ Enthroned in Glory:

Also called The Large Rose Window, depicting Christ holding the symbols of omnipotent power, the mace and the orb.

This window was donated in memory of Jesse Hall, 1767 - 1836 by his widow, Mrs. Emma Ransom Hall. It measures 12 feet in diameter and sits directly over the main entrance at the west end of Trinity Church.  The Hall family was one of the original 14 families that met on Crow Hill on September 14, 1788,  and signed "The Original Agreement Towards the Formation  of a Parish" . The document was signed by David Hall, Jabez Hall, Abijah Hall, and Isaac Hall.  This document was the start of Trinity Church, although the present building that houses this window was not built until the 1830s.

Photographs courtesy of Robert Fertitta

Christ Enthroned in Glory

Enlargement of center:

 

 

 

The Three Chancel Windows:

The Chancel is the part of a church near the Altar. traditionally it was only used by the clergy and the choir. It is typically separated from the Nave by steps or a screen. (The Nave is the central, rectangular area where the congregation sits.)  The three large stained glass windows in the Trinity Chancel  were given by Mary A., Catherine A., and Corinne L. Brainerd, daughters of Erastus and Mary Welles Brainerd.

Erastus Brainerd was born on February 5, 1792, to Silas and Lucinda Brainerd of East Haddam, CT.  He was a representative to the State Legislature from 1843 to 1844, and was the director of the Middletown Bank from 1847 to 1861.  He became the owner of the Stancliff Brownstone Quarry, which he ran with his brother Silas as the E. & S. Brainerd Co. until Silas' death in 1857, when it became the Erastus Brainerd Company.  He was one of the most wealthy and successful men in the area, but he called himself a "stonecutter", or a "quarryman".   He had six children with his wife, Mary Wells Stancliff Brainerd.  Since the current church was commissioned in 1830 with a subscription of only $5,000.00, it is assumed that the brownstone was donated by the Brainerd Family.

1. Birth of our Savior, and His Presentation to the Shepherds:

Inscription:  "To the glory of God, and in Memory of Erastus Brainerd, who entered into Rest June 15 A. D. 1861, aged 68 years."  "I know that my Redeemer Liveth."

This window is on the left side of the Chancel.

Detail of full window. Photograph courtesy of Robert Fertitta

                     

 Full "Birth of our Savior" with "Isaiah" underneath. Photo by Pam Accola.

 

2. Crucifixion:

Inscription:  "Erastus Brainerd entered into Rest June 15, 1861, aged 68 years, and Mary Welles Brainerd, his wife, who entered into Rest May 11, 1880, aged 86 years."  This inscription does not show as it is covered by a portion of the reredos (an ornamental screen placed behind an altar.)

This window is the center one, behind the original Altar.

 

 Photo by Pam Accola

 

3. Resurrection:

"And in memory of Mary Welles Brainerd, his wife, who entered into Rest May 11, A. D. 1880, aged 86 years."

This window is to the right of the Altar, when looking at the Altar