Window History

Stained glass window

Stained glass window

THE WINDOWS

The windows for the Church were created by The Willet Studios of Philadelphia utilizing one of their new techniques that incorporates brilliantly colored glass, about an inch thick. The glass was set into a matrix of epoxy, the newest of the resins at the time. Each piece was chipped or faceted conchoidally to enhance the design and add a jewel-like quality.

This medium can adapt to both small and extremely large openings. It is most appropriate for the imaginative style of architecture that was envisioned for Grace Episcopal Church. The one-in-three form of building’s floor plan, conceived as an abstract trefoil, recalls God’s triune nature.

The abstract symbolism of the large window is the antithesis of realism, yet it has ideological roots in the real world. As people enter this Church, the colored glass provides a transition from the bustle of the outside world to the specifically religious purpose prevailing in the church itself.

The abstract symbolism of the large East window communicates the essence of an idea or feeling, and is devoted to the Trinity.  Coming from the upper right and entering with a circular motion is the glorious light of the Creator.  The large hand of Christ cups around the work and worship of humanity, as seen in the globe-like shape, which is instigated by God the Father and continued by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, which can be discerned entering the vortex in the purple dove-like shape.  Christ holds it all in his loving palm, which was  pierced by the nail of the crucifier, seen as a blood red area symbolizing the savior’s reception of mankind through the once offered gift of himself.   The symbolism of colors, as often used liturgically in the medieval age, is recollected here:  Pink – perfect love; Blue – eternal youth; Green – hope; and Yellow – glory; and are all contained in the center area.  Given by Mr. And Mrs. Lloyd P. Jones and Mrs. C. Lee Smith in memory of Hettie Ford Ballatyne Speck.

On the western wall, the narrow panel encompasses a similar design to the large window.  The pure crystal pieces in the center of this panel are calculated to allow the largest amount of light to enter the church, even as light enters our lives through the Sacrament of Baptism.  The circular window over the entrance, (which receives no outside light since the addition of the new roof) also symbolizes not only the Holy Spirit as dove, but also the Spirit of the Light emanating from the Trinity, providing the enlightenment of mankind.  Given  by Mrs. Chauncey King and Virginia King, Mr. And Mrs. Carl Ostrander, and Miss Winifred Sanders.