Chapel Windows: Women of the Bible (Whitefriars)

#19: Mary, Ann and Elizabeth
#20: Hannah and Ruth
#21: Elizabeth and Dorcas

 

19. Mary, Ann and Elizabeth (Whitefriars)

19. Mary, Ann and Elizabeth (Whitefriars)

Window #19 – Mary, Ann and Elizabeth Window

The person memorialized is John Kilgour (1834-1914) donated by his daughter, Mrs. Charlotte K. Heyl.

In its three lancets are the Blessed Virgin Mary, Elizabeth and Ann.

Mary: Mother of Jesus, wife of Joseph. Other than in gospel accounts of her in connection with the birth of Jesus, there are only four recorded in the Bible during his later life. 1) The marriage at Cana. John 2. 2) Her attempt to speak to her son. Matt. 12:46, Mark 3:21 and 31 Luke 18:19.   3) The crucifixion. John 19:25,26. 4) Days following the Ascension. Acts 1:14.

Anne or Anna: St Luke 2:36-38. Anne was an elderly widow, prophetess ad dweller at the temple serving God with fastings and prayers. When infant Jesus was brought to the temple according to the law for firstborns, Anna gave thanks to the Lord and spoke about Jesus to all in attendance seeking redemption.

Sounding the same as Anne but spelled “Ann” is another woman possibly brought to mind by this window who is not mentioned in the Bible, but she is recorded in the third century Greek manuscript called the “Gospel of James” as the mother of the Virgin Mary. Her story places her in mystical events similar to some in the Bible considered sacred. Her holiness led to sainthood and subsequent wide recognition.

Elizabeth: Wife of Zacharias, mother of John the Baptist. In Luke 1:36 et seq. is the story of Mary’s visit with Elizabeth after they had received the Angel’s messages of their becoming the mothers of Jesus and John. Here is recorded the Magnificat.
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20. Hannah and Ruth (Whitefriars)

20. Hannah and Ruth (Whitefriars)

Window #20 – Lancets of Hannah and Ruth

The person memorialized is Mary Kilgour (1841-1919) donated by her daughter Mrs. Charlotte K. Heyl.

Hannah: Mother of Samuel, wife of Elkanah. 1 Samuel 1:2. Hannah endured childless years and the scorn of Elkanah’s other wife. Prayer, her husband’s love and the Priest Eli’s encouragement led her to vow that if the Lord would give her a son, she would give him to the Lord. Following Samuel’s birth, she returned to Eli telling him her vow had been answered. Hannah’s song of rejoicing and praise for the Lord’s great works are included in Samuel 2.

Ruth: Daughter-in-law of Elmelech and Naomi of Bethlehem, who had moved with their two sons from Judah, west of the Dead Sea where famine existed, to Moab east of the Sea. One son married Ruth and the other married Orpah, both Moabites. In a ten year period, Elimelech and the two sons died, and Naomi returned to Bethlehem with Ruth accompanying her. Ruth, working in the field, and the owner, Boaz met and she became his wife. Many issues lie in the “Story of Ruth.”
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21. Elizabeth and Dorcas (Whitefriars)

21. Elizabeth and Dorcas (Whitefriars)

Window #21 – Elizabeth and Dorcas

The person memorialized is Louise Shaw donated by Amy Robertson Campbell.

Dorcas, also called Tabitha, was a disciple who lived in Joppa, a town on the southwest coast of Palestine. In Acts 9:36 it is written: “this woman was full of good works and alms deeds which she did.” Later verses tell of Peter’s visit at the time of her death where widows in attendance showed “the coats and garments which Dorcas made…”

Elizabeth: Cousin of Mary. See above.
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