The Stained Glass Windows
of St. John's Episcopal Church
A series introducing a new set of windows each month.
Month Three - April 5th to April 30th,
7. The Arthur Tucker memorial window - "Saint Joseph"
Joseph, the father of Jesus, was a carpenter. He is shown in this window, therefore, holding a carpenter's square. (Joseph is often shown holding other familiar carpenter's tools, as well as, sometimes, a flowering staff, reminiscent of the legend that his staff alone, of the many left at the door of the 14-year-old Virgin Mary by her various suitors, burst into flower, designating him as her choice.
8. The Titus Family window – “St. John the Baptist”
This window abounds in the symbols usually associated with Jesus' forerunner: the camel skin which he wore as a garment; the Jordan River in which he is standing and in w which he baptized those who followed him; the staff and banner bearing the words "Ecce Agnus Dei" - "Behold the Lamb of God" - as well as a lamb at his feet; and, on the border a beehive and bees, and a locust or grasshopper, which provided his diet in the wilderness; and a scallop shell representing Holy Baptism.