Luther Rose Seal
Martin Luther explains the Luther Rose Seal as follows:
"The first thing expressed in my seal is a cross, black
within the heart, to put me in mind that faith in Christ
crucified saves us. 'For with the heart man
believeth unto righteousness.' Now, although the
cross is black, mortified, and intended to cause pain,
yet it does not change the color of the heart, does not
destroy nature, i.e., does not kill, but keeps alive.
'For the just shall live by faith', by faith in the
Savior. But this heart is fixed upon the center of
a white rose, to show that faith causes joy, consolation
and peace. The rose is white, not red, because
white is the ideal color of all angels and blessed
spirits. This rose, moreover is fixed in a
sky-colored background, to denote that such joy in faith
in the spirit is but an earnest beginning of heavenly
joy to come, as anticipated and held by hope, though not
yet revealed. And around this groundbase is a
golden ring, to signify that such bliss in heaven is
endless and more precious than all joys and treasures,
since gold is the best and most precious metal.
Christ, our dear Lord, He will give grace unto eternal
Spirit moving over the water, in the creation of heaven
out your Holy Spirit, so that those who are baptized may
be given new life. Wash away the sin of all those
who are cleansed by this water and bring them forth as
inheritors of your glorious kingdom."
baptism of Jesus:" In the waters of the Jordan your Son
was baptized by John and anointed by the Spirit.
the Ark, which is the promise of salvation.
The baptismal font was
dedicated on April 4, 2004 in memory of the Rev. Dr. Matthew L.
Winters, pastor of Trinity from 1960 to 1975 and Anne Moore, a
member of Trinity from 1975 to 2002. The baptismal font is
one of a kind. It was designed by the staff of
Ecclesiastical Arts, Augsburg Fortress Publishers. After
consulting with members of the congregation and professional
staff of Trinity, a design was developed for a font that would
integral to the ministry and worship life at Trinity and in
harmony with existing architecture and appointments. When
the final design was accepted, work began, literally, around the
world. The brass bowl, made in Germany, was hand hammered.
It is a typical style, but is of a much larger size than usual.
The bowl is supported by a base ring of brass. The
carvings are all hand carved of linden wood and were lightly
colored by hand. Each carving is unique, even each Luther
Rose. The carvings were completed in northern Italy.
When the bowl and the carvings were ready, they were taken to a
wood shop in eastern Pennsylvania where the wood parts of the
font were crafted. The colonial white paint covers poplar
wood, the dark wood is mahogany.
There are four "dove"
carvings that relate directly to the words and images of water
found in the service of Holy Communion. A Luther Rose is
placed between each of the dove carvings. Refer to the
descriptions of each below the photograph of each carving.