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

A series introducing a new set of windows each month.
Month One - Starting February 6th


1. The Fredrick B. Smith Family window – “St. Paul”

St. Paul is most often portrayed with a sword in hand - or at least nearby - representing the "Sword of the Spirit".  In this window the swords are crossed on a blue shield.  St. Paul is holding an open book in his hand on which are written the words "Faith", "Hope", "Love", the three great themes of First Corinthians 13.  To the right of the figure are three circles of water, representative of the three fountains which, by legend, sprang up in the three places where Paul's head fell at the time of his execution in Rome.

2. The Foulkes Memorial window – “St. Andrew”

St. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was, like Peter, a fisherman.  This window portrays St. Andrew, therefore, holding an oar and a fishing net.  In the background is portrayed a sailboat on the water, as well as, on the border, the Cross of St. Andrew, in the shape of an "X", denoting the fact the St. Andrew was crucified, according to tradition, on a cross in that shape.  The Cross of St. Andrew, once the emblem of Scotland, appears on the Union Jack, the British flag, combined with the Cross of St. George, the emblem of the British flag at one time.


3. The Anne B. Wright Memorial window – “St. Peter”

St. Peter, next to his brother Andrew, is portrayed holding the Keys of the Kingdom given him by Jesus.  Also shown are three roosters, denoting the fact that Jesus had predicted that, by the time three rooster's crows had been heard, Peter would have denied knowing him three times.  To the right of the figure you will see an upside down Cross, in red.  Tradition has it that Peter, refusing to be crucified in the same manner as Jesus, considering himself to be unworthy, was, instead, crucified head down.  Shown in the left-hand border is a caduceus, the ancient symbol of medicine and healing, with which Mrs. Wright was long associated.