We are very blessed to have in our sanctuary a beautiful set of stained glass windows, each of which incorporates a cross and a Christian symbol.
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About the Windows
Chi Rho: One of the most “sacred monograms” of Christ. It is composed of the first two Greek letters of the word for Christ “The Anointed” or Messiah in Hebrew. "You are the Christ." (Mark 8:29)
Chalice: A symbol of the blood of Christ and of the sacrament of Holy Communion. “This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:28
Crown of Thorns and Nails: A symbol of Christ’s passion. The nails are a symbol of his physical suffering. (John 19:1-3, 17-18)
Bible: Word of God. The Bible, when open, represents the truth of God’s revelation. "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." (Psalm 119:105)
Dove: Expresses innocence and purity. Signifies the Holy Spirit and also is a symbol of peace. "As soon as Jesus was baptized…he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove…" (Matthew 3:16)
Flame: Often used to signify the appearance of God to humanity. Symbolic of the Holy Spirit. "They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:3-4)
Praying Hands: A symbol of our absolute need for prayer. This symbol recalls Jesus’ prayer life, especially in the Garden of Gethsemane. (Luke 22:49-46)
Lyre: A symbol for music, especially rendered in praise of God. "Sing to the Lord a new song…and make music to him with tambourine and harp." (Psalm 149:1,3)
Loaf and Fish: Represents Jesus' miraculous providence in the feeding of the 5,000 and 4,000. Reminds us of Jesus' words, “I am the Bread of Life." (John 6:35)
Shell: A symbol of our Lord’s baptism and the command to make disciples. Three drops of water represent the Trinity. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19)
Water and Cross: A symbol of the “Living Water” and a symbol of the church’s mission to our community. “…the Lamb…will lead them to springs of living water.” (Revelation 7:17)
About the Window Designer:
When the idea of installing stained glass windows in our sanctuary was presented, we found a willing and talented artisan in Lin Finger, who grew up attending St. James. Lin went to SUNY as an English major, took a class in stained glass, and, from the first cut, knew that working in stained glass was her calling.
Lin continues to live and work in the village of Fredonia, NY. She owns Lin Finger’s Stained Glass Studio, and is well known in the area for her skill and artistry.
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