St. Augustine is home to many historic churches. One of the most beautiful is Trinity Episcopal located downtown just off King Street and established in 1821. The original church was constructed of coquina (local shell stone), and three stained glass windows were added prior to the Civil War. Work began on the present structure in 1902.
The triptych of stained glass above the altar was made in Munich Germany. Over many years additional stain glass windows were added to the church. Each of the 28 windows is different, all add to the beauty and serenity of the church. The dark wood is another striking feature of the sanctuary.
This traditional window made in the 1920’s shows Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth. In the bible Naomi and her daughters-in-law support each other through difficulties. Ruth is Moabite and her mother-in-law from Judea. When her mother-in-law returns home, Ruth says to her, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth’s story is told in the Old Testament Book of Ruth. She becomes the ancestor of King David.
The church is filled with stained glass windows, making a visit there very special. The windows can also be seen with explanation at the church website. If you wish more information about this place type Trinity Episcopal Parish in your browser. The link is http://www.trinityepiscopalparish.org