#9 Dorcas, Mary and Gentile Woman of Great Faith
The general theme of this window is Faith, Hope and Charity. It is of the medallion type which was developed to such an excellent degree by the Master Craftsmen of the Twelfth and Thirteenth centuries.
Reading from the bottom up, the first medallion is the Syrophoenecian Woman, commended for her faith, with the text – “O woman great is thy faith”. (Matthew 15:28) In the little insert a very much chagrined devil is departing from the woman.
The second medallion represents Christ at the home of Mary and Martha symbolizing Hope. The text is – “Mary hath chosen that good part”. (Luke 10:47)
The upper medallion shows Dorcas Feeding the Hungry, a symbol of Charity. The text is, “This woman was full of good works”. (Acts 9:36)
In the background between the medallions is a conventionalized lily design, and other symbols emphasizing the main theme.
At the base the lamp of Faith, next the Anchor of Hope, and the Open Purse, symbol of Charity.
In the border is a pattern of red and white roses.
This window was given in 1928 in memory of Miss Mary Sering Kemper (1877-1924) by The Womens Auxiliary of the church. She was the daughter of Theophilus and Elizabeth (Thomas) Kemper and a descendant of the early settlers here, James and Judith Kemper.
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The Te Deum is one of the oldest (Fourth Century) and greatest Hymns in Christianity. It is a Hymn of praise to God the Father, son and Holy Ghost.
At the top of the window, Jesus Christ is pictured as the Risen and Ascended Lord.
Immediately beneath are representatives of the Noble army of Martyrs. St. Paul with the Sword, signifying the Word of God; St. Stephen , the first Deacon who was stoned (Acts 6&7); and St. Peter who, according to tradition, was crucified upside down.
Next is the glorious company of the Apostles, represented by the four Evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Finally at the bottom, are the four major Prophets; Ezekiel with the wheel (Ex. 1); Isaiah and the fiery ember (Isaiah 6); Jeremiah in chains (Jeremiah 37-38) and Daniel with the lion (Daniel 6).
The opening lines of the Te Deum remind us that we, too, praise God for all that He is doing through Jesus Christ. Praise is one of the chief reasons that we gather together to worship – and we are part of the great line of Martyrs, Apostles, and Prophets – “the holy Church throughout all the world”
The person memorialized is The Rev. Francis J. Moore, D.D., Rector of the Church of the Advent 1938 – 1950 and given in 1969 by friends .
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#11: The Good Samaritan
The Story of the Good Samaritan can be found in the New Testament (Luke 10:25-37). It is perhaps one of the best known and loved parables of Jesus Christ.
In the window, the story reads upward. The wounded man is represented in the lower medallion, with the thieves fleeing at one side, and the Priest and Levite passing on the other.
At the center, the compassionate traveler ministers to the unfortunate man. His donkey stands nearby.
At the top, the Good Samaritan is seating the man on his own beast for the trip to the inn, symbolized at the upper left.
Over all is the descending dove of the Holy Spirit.
The parable of the Good Samaritan reminds us that anyone in need is our neighbor and that we are called on by God to love that person in concrete, and sometimes, costly and inconvenient ways. It’s interesting that Jesus said that such love was necessary to “inherit eternal life”.
The person memorialized is Edward A. Dougherty given by friends in 1969.
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#17: Kingdom of Heaven
The controlling theme of this window is found in the twenty-fifth Chapter of Saint Matthew. This includes the Parable of the Talents in the two medallions of the center lancet, the Son of Man in His Glory as suggested in the Thirty-first Verse, and in the remaining medallions, the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Verses: “For I was hungry and you gave me meat: I was thirsty and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in, naked and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison and you came unto me.”
In the place of honor in the upper portion of the central lancet is the figure of the Glorified Christ in royal robes, and wearing the heavenly crown. Around this dominating figure are the words from the Fortieth Verse that give the full significance to the entire subject. “Inasmuch you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me”.
The entire arrangement of the design is symbolical, both in line and in color. The Vine with Grapes and Leaves, suggest “The Vine and The Branches”. The open book in Christ’s hand contains the words: “A new commandment I give unto you that ye love one another.”
The Archangel Saint Michael with the sword and scales in the top of the left lancet, and the Archangel Saint Gabriel with a trumpet in the top of the right lancet, with the four Seraphim around the Figure of Christ are all significant of Heavenly Glory and Heavenly Love. The four Seraphim are especially significant of the Four Cardinal Virtues, — Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance.
Saint Michael represents the Church Militant, and Saint Gabriel the Church Triumphant.
The person memorialized is Amanda R. Campbell, who died in 1888, given by her daughter, Amy Campbell, whose father was William H. Campbell. He died while serving with the Union Army in the Civil War. Miss Campbell was a pioneer business woman, and founder of the Campbell Commercial School. She was a donor also of two Chapel windows. She died September 10, 1941.
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On the south side the window “The Beatitudes” (#2) was installed in 1934 and given in memory of Mrs. Mary Longworth Stettinius Perkins, 1857-1931, daughter of John Longworth and Eloise B. (Olmstead) Stettinius, and widow of James Handasyd Perkins, Jr. This couple was married May 10, 1887 and he died December 2, 1889. She also had part of the Church School and Parish Hall erected in his memory in 1904. Donated by Ridens, especially Miss Annie I Roelker and Miss Isabel Ellison.
Mr. Connick has kindly given us a description of the window as follows. The memorial window symbolizes the Eight Beatitudes from our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount and is an expression of Christian character and the divine promise to humanity.
The central medallions present four of the Beatitudes symbolized by subject from the life of Christ: “The pure in heart,” by Christ blessing the little children (Mark 10:14); “They that hunger and thirst after righteousness,” by Mary Magdalene at the feet of Christ (Luke 10:38); “they that mourn,” by Christ weeping over Jerusalem (Matthew 18:37); and “They which are persecuted for righteousness sake” by flagellation of Christ (Mark 15:19).
In the upper side medallion four angel figures bear symbols of the remaining four Beatitudes: “The poor in spirit,” a dove; “The meek,” a lamb; “The merciful,” a broken sword; and “The peacemakers,” an olive branch.
Below are the symbols of Saint Matthew and Saint Luke, the evangelists who record the Sermon on the Mount. In the lower panel are angels of prayer with censers, and praise, with trumpets.
The dominant color in the design is the clear blue of the medallion backgrounds, especially appropriate for this window as the symbolic color of divine wisdom and truth. It is also particularly important for a south window which receives brilliant sunshine during most of the day. The blue is balanced by warm tans and reds. (In the garments of Christ the brilliant red is symbolic of divine love and sacrifice); the angel figures and others provide sparkling accents of white, symbolic color of faith and purity.
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#18: Seven-fold Gifts of the Holy Spirit
On the north side the window “Seven-fold Gift of the Holy Spirit” (#18) was installed in 1935 and given in memory of Elizabeth Ann Ellison by her children, Miss Isabel Ellison and Mr. Frank Ellison.
Mr. Connick gives the following description of the memorial:
The theme of this window is announced in the top medallion, symbolizing Isaiah’s prophecy (Chapter 11, verses 1,2), which foretells the Messiah’s coming from the lineage of Jesse, and His divine endowment, the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The former prophecy inspired the beautiful “Tree of Jesse” symbol, so rich in Christian tradition, here suggested by the figure of the sleeping Jesse and the growing vine-form that surrounds the Christ figure.
The seven encircling doves are the traditional symbols of the seven Gifts of the Spirit, Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of God.
The seven Gifts are also symbolized individually in the three other large medallions, and the four upper small medallions.
The large medallions:
- Fear of the Lord is symbolized by Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac, (Gen.22.)
- Piety is symbolized by Solomon’s dedication of the Temple of Jehovah. (I Kings)
- Fortitude is symbolized by Joshua the mighty warrior, at whose command the sun stood still, (Joshua 10:12)
The Upper small medallions:
Four figures, suggesting four of the nine Choirs of Angels, symbolize the remaining gifts of Counsel, Understanding, Knowledge and Wisdom.
- Counsel: the figure symbolized the Choir of “Angels” –guardians and counselors of individuals. Symbol, a wand bearing the Cross and the Orbe.
- Understanding: The figure symbolizes the Choir of “Powers”—those who combat evil with divine understanding and by teaching against the forces of darkness. Symbol, a dragon chained.
- Knowledge: The figure symbolizes the choir of “Seraphim”—those who worship nearest the throne of God and typify the union of divine insight and divine love. Symbol, the flaming heart; ruby wings.
- Wisdom: The figure symbolizing the Choir of “Cherubim”, who typify the wisdom of God. Symbols, a book and stars; blue wings. Of the kneeling angel figures, two bear scrolls symbolizing Isaiah’s prophecies and Saint John’s Revelation, both of which record the gifts of the spirit. The four lower ones are angels of Praise (with trumpets) and Prayer (with censers).
The window is designed to harmonize with and complement the Perkins Memorial Window “The Beatitudes” in the south side of the sanctuary, at the same time recognizing the contrasting requirements of the north light.”
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