Misc. Tiffany Windows
The bottom panels in the sliding doors were gifts from the Social Union, the Epworth League and memorial panels were donated by the L.O. Hillyard family, Mrs. Carrie A. Pollock, and Sarah J. Thomas. The upper row of windows in the sliding doors contain symbols of the early Church. At each end are the Alpha and Omega which are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. They stand for Christ “the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” The Lamp and the Open Book symbols represent the Bible.
The origin of the symbols of the four evangelists is based on a verse from the book of Revelations. Matthew’s symbol is the winged man since his gospel begins with the family history of Jesus and also dwells more on the humanity of Jesus than any of the other gospels. Mark is represented by a winged lion, the symbol of courage. A winged ox stands for Luke and is a symbol of service and sacrifice. The eagle, symbol of vision and mysticism, is the sign of John.
Since the very early days of the Church, symbolism has played an important part in the proclamation of the Christian faith. Symbols serve to inspire and to bring to our minds and hearts the teachings of the Church. In the classrooms on the upper two floors of the building, there are 26 windows each of which contains a symbol of the Crucifixion. While the Tiffany windows in the sanctuary are like large paintings, these richly colored vignettes are like sparkling gems. Many of the symbols are familiar and easily recognizable. It has been said that one taken for a walk before these windows would get an indelible impression of the story of the Cross.