When the present building was but six years old, a period of extensive renovation and improvement was begun. By 1897 the chancel attained its present appearance. The mosaic panels above the wainscoting are crowned with the extraordinary lunette of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple (St. Luke 2:22-38). The Holy Virgin, seated on her throne, shows her infant Son to viewers while angels on either side bow in adoration.
Immediately below the lunette, are seven winged cherub faces, which represent “the seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God” (Rev. 4:5), symbolized in certain other churches by seven hanging read lamps.