The Stained Glass Windows
of St. John's Episcopal Church
Monthly window pages...
A series introducing a new set of windows each month.
Month Six - August 3rd to August 31st
16. The Sophia Milbourn Memorial window
Another of the oldest windows at St. John's, this figure is beloved by many who have grown up here, and is familiarly known as "the heavenly hitchhicker." Probably, however. it is supposed to represent St. John the Baptist, inasmuch as ever since Leonard da Vinci's cryptic painting of John the Baptist, in which he is portrayed as pointing upward. Renditions of the Saint have often copied this characteristic gesture.
17. The Murrell Memorial window – “The Good Shepherd”
More legend than fact surrounds James, called "The Great", as distinguished from "St. James the Less". We know that he was slain by Herod after Jesus's death and resurrection; legend has it that he journeyed to Spain -- where he is called Santiago -- becoming, in time, its patron Saint. He is often portrayed in Spanish art as a military figure on horseback. Here , he is shown as a pilgrim, carrying the traditional pilgrim's staff and gourd (for water); and his hat bears the emblem of the scallop shell, denoting both his pilgrimage and his missionary baptism of the Spanish. The fountain, to his right, represents the "Fountain of Living Waters", promised those who undertake a pilgramage towards Christ.