The Stained Glass Windows
of St. John's Episcopal Church

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A series introducing a new set of windows each month.
Month Eight - October 1 - 31

20.-21. The Charles H. Pattee Memorial window – “Peace”.

Also, typically late-Victorian in material and style, these two windows portray, on the left, the Dove of Peace and, on the right, the Agnus Dei, of lamb of God.  (A third, formerly central panel in this set, has been placed aside for the time being).

22.  The Marsden - Ames Memorial window – “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water” .

This, the most contemporary window to date in th22.  The Marsden - Ames Memorial window – “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water”  This, the most contemporary window to date in the building, portrays a dove, symbolic of the Holy Spirit, moving over the face of chaotic waters, radiating light and, symbolically, order over it.  It especially appropriate that the baptismal font has been placed beneath this window, and reading the opening Prayer in the new Service of Holy Baptism will show why.

G-1. The Robert J. Lawrence, Sr. Memorial window – “Peace”

Of all contemporary symbols, this one seems to be one which will endure. As portrayed here, it has been for some time the symbol of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. The Peace symbol, without the Cross, evolved in England during the early 1950's as a symbol for the Ban tje Bomb movement, and was quickly accepted as a symbol for world peace and non-violnce throughout the world.

 

G-2. The Birkmaier Family Memorial window – “The Star of David"

One of the earliest known Jewish symbols, the "Mogen David" was the emblem of the royal Jewish line of David, and the emblem of the nation of Judah.  Jesus was a direct descendent in the Davidic line and, of course, was frequently hailed as the "Son of David". Tpday, the Star of David is the emblem of the modern state of Israel.