When you enter the foyer at Holy Trinity, you will see this beautiful three-part mosaic gracing the wall overlooking the stairs to our fellowship hall.

Mosaic at Holy Trinity Kitchener

Living Stones Triptych
by Cassandra Knapp

Mosaic Art

Mosaic art is part of our Christian history.

The church is described as being made up of ‘living stones’:

“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).

Each stone, or tesserae, makes up part of the overall design. All church members are part of a greater plan (whether you’re a “square” or an “odd-shaped” bit). Mirror tiles are included so that people will be able to see themselves in the design.

The Design

Starting from the centre, there is the Alpha-Omega design. God, the Beginning and the End, is our centre.

The doves flying out from the centre represent God’s love and peace through the Holy Spirit carried by the Church to the world.

The mariner’s compass is symbolic of direction. We are to bring God’s love and peace to the corners of the earth.

The grapes and the vine are symbolic of Christ’s metaphor:

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

This is symbolic of abiding in Christ and his disciples’ bearing fruit.

Around the compass are some the words of the doxology, taken from Ephesians 3:20-21:

“Glory to God—whose power working in us can do infinitely more that we can ask or imagine.”

The companion side pieces affirm that Christ is with us in all the times of life, both the good and the bad. Staying with the nautical theme of the piece, the two sections portray two stories from the life of Christ.

The left section, Thanks Be to God, depicts the great catch of fish (see Luke 5), and represents the times when we experience God's bounty.

The right section, Peace Be With You, portrays the storm just before Jesus calms the sea (see Luke 8). It represents the times when the storms of life surround us, but affirms our faith that Christ remains with us.