Interior Symbolism: The Salvation History

September 17, 2018

The entire interior of the main church was designed to illustrate the salvation history of our Catholic faith.

The table on the altar represents the last supper and is inscribed with Jesus’ final commandment, “LOVE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU.” This is then linked immediately to the fourteen Stations of the Cross, as seen from the bronze plaques outlining the walls on both sides of the church.

Despite the major renovation, the overall design concept of the church has been kept, though it is more subtle. The main feature in Holy Trinity Church is the use of the numerous stained glass panels. The panels are divided into three sections— the right wing, the middle, and the left wing.

Facing the altar, the stained glass panels on the right depict pivotal Biblical moments of the Old Testament: beginning from Adam and Eve being banished from the Garden of Eden. The panels on the left are of the New Testament and the life of Christ that ends with Jesus’ agony on the Garden of Gethsemane.

Interestingly, the fourteen stained glass panels were carefully chosen to summarise the entire Bible story.

On top of the stained glass panels sits a series of the Stations of the Cross sculpted in bronze by Leonardo Lucchi, a visual reminder of Jesus’ last hours.

After the last station where Jesus is laid in the tomb, we come back to the front of the altar where the giant bronze sculpture shows the resurrection of Christ which is the crux of our religion and God’s eternal salvation. This reminds us that we will one day be resurrected to new life, too.


The Ascension

The circular panel on the left of the cross shows the Ascension of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go.” (Acts 1:11)


The circular panel on the right is the Father’s promise of delivering the Holy Spirit. “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place… They saw what seemed to be tongues of fore that separated and came to rest on each of them… and all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:1-4)


The Holy Trinity and the Light Rays

The geometrical figure of an equilateral triangle at the very top of the church mirrors the unfathomable mystery of the Holy Trinity.

The open skylight concept allows natural daylight to filter through the stained glass motif and all along the length of the rectangular panel that stretches across the ceiling. These symbolises the rays of light from God, reaching out and blessing the people with all the graces from the Holy Trinity.

Needless to say, all other lines of perspective simply flow towards the altar where the representation of our Risen Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, is worshipped and celebrated at every mass.