Enterprise chapel

Enterprise chapel in use

Chapel symbols

Symbols behind the lectern in the chapel

For the Starfleet officer, please see Christine Chapel.

A chapel was a room aboard Constitution-class starships that might be used to perform wedding ceremonies. The chapel included a candelabra, a lectern, and television camera devices so that such ceremonies might be carried on viewing screens aboard the ship.

In 2266, the wedding of Angela Martine and Robert Tomlinson was scheduled to be held in the USS Enterprise's chapel, but the ceremony was interrupted by an alert. Later, after Tomlinson's death, Martine sought solace there. James T. Kirk offered her his comfort. (TOS: "Balance of Terror")

While the term "chapel" is, in the modern day, usually a religious location, the marriage was obviously a secular one, as it was officiated by a captain rather than any kind of religious official. Furthermore, the revised final draft script of "Balance of Terror" described the chapel in that episode as "simple... a chapel designed to accommodate all faiths of all planets." However, two symbols are visible behind the lectern in the chapel, one highly reminiscent of a cross (a highly prominent symbol in Christianity).
The Enterprise's chapel was a redress of the set typically used as the ship's transporter room. (The Star Trek Compendium, 4th ed., p. 40)
Once, when a young boy asked Patrick Stewart if there was a chapel aboard the USS Enterprise-D, Stewart replied that there were none because rituals and similar ceremonies didn't need to be performed in one fixed locale and could be performed in the quarters onboard the vessel. [1]

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