Stained Glass Windows

Epiphany

"When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy," Matthew 2:9-10.

The features in this window all point to epiphany. The first, and greatest, indicator is the epiphany star shining over the city. Life is the theme of the green palms and branches coming from the city. 


Holy Baptism

"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove," Matthew 3:16.

The dove is a reference to the Holy Spirit. This could reference Pentecost, the downward facing dove usually represents Christ baptism, while the dove in silhouette usually symbolizes Pentecost. 


Word and Light of World

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not," John 1:1-5.

It is very possible that this design was inspired by Psalm 119:105, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light upon my path." It is also plausible that it symbolizes the imagery found in John that describes Christ as the Word and Light of the world.


Lamb of God

"The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world," John 1:29.

This is one of the two most recognizable window designs. It portrays Christ, the Lamb of God, carring the victory flag symbolizing our victory over death through faith in Christ. The lamb is white indicating purity.


Holy Communion

"And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you,'" Luke 22:19-20.

The chalice, grapes and wheat is the other recognizable design. The grapes and wheat indicate wine and bread, the meal Jesus shared with his disciples in the upper room. This design is symbolic of Christ' broken body and sacrifice for the sins of the world.


New Heaven and New Earth

"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea," Revelation 21:1.

This window design was the most elusive. Drawing from the images in the design one can imagine it represents the new heaven and new earth envisioned by John. The sun has often been an image for the gospels. The rays, very dominate in the design, represent healing; while the field and earth symbolize civilized world and society in general. Its placement as last might also provide a clue as to how one reads the stories in the windows. Beginning on the left: Christ is born, Christ is baptized, Christ is the Light and Word, Christ is the Lamb of God, Christ is remembered, and Christ will come again. If this intrepretation is correct, it makes a wonderful affirmation of faith and creed on the life, ministry, death, resurrection, and second coming of Jesus Christ.