The Red Doors Are Back

The Red Doors Are Back

Incarnation Celebrates the Return of the Red Doors
by the Very Rev. Matthew Lawrence, Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa

Back in the day, and for many decades, Incarnation was known locally as the "church with the red doors." Many Episcopal churches have red doors, which symbolize the protection offered by the blood of the passover lamb: the idea that Christ in his sacrifice offers sanctuary for all.

With the organ renovation some 12 years ago, and thanks to the generosity of Don and Maureen Green, we received gorgeous new mahogany doors. The exterior side was a deep natural brown, finished in a clear varnish. The doors are of the highest quality, but the exterior varnish did not hold up well under the brutal summer sun, requiring nearly annual and quite expensive refinishing.

Now, the exterior of the doors has been thoroughly stripped and carefully painted a deep, rich shade of red. This job took many full days, and could not have been completed without the devoted and heroic efforts of Dave Bartz, Jack Cramer, Linelle Lane, and Glen Kennedy, with the daily support of our sexton Eric. The beautiful interior of the doors, complete with gold leaf paint and hand carving, has been preserved without change.

We are thrilled with the result! Thanks to our paint crew for their outstanding accomplishment!

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