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WELCOME. TO THE WORLD OF. SYMBOLISM. THE SYMBOLS SPEAK. How symbols display the faith of believers through the beauty of stained glass. THE EAST WINDOW “The Apostles”. In 1966, in the. E A S T. w i n d o w s,.

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WELCOME

TO THE WORLD OF

SYMBOLISM


THE SYMBOLS SPEAK

How symbols display the faith of believers through the beauty of stained glass

THE EAST WINDOW

“The Apostles”


In 1966, in the

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stained glass, replacing the plain glass, was installed with the . . .


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. . . 14 symbols already embedded in them


THE APOSTLES

The East Window


. . . Jesus called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles . . . Luke 6.13

THE APOSTLES

Disciple = learnerApostle = one sent out

14 symbols


Each apostle is recognized on a certain day of our church year, noted underneath the symbol.

Each symbol displays either an event from the life of the apostle or symbolizes how he was martyred.


1SIMON (PETER)

  • Two crossed keys show-ing authority to forgive and retain sins (Mt 16.19)

  • Authority was given to church based on Peter’s confession “Thou art . .”(Mt 16.16)

  • Peter (Greek=rock)

    Cephas (Aramaic=rock)

  • Wrote 2 epistles of NT

Jun 29


2ANDREW

  • X-shaped cross shows the manner in which he was crucified--on a cross of this design

  • It came to be known as the “St Andrew” cross

  • He brought Peter, his brother, to Jesus(Jn 1.40-42)

Nov 30


3JAMES the Elder

  • The 3 shells are signs of pilgrimage & the missionary spirit of James

  • James traveled widely with the message of Christ

  • Brother of John

  • First apostle to die(Acts 12.2)

Jul 25


4JOHN

  • Chalice with serpent

  • It was said that John drank poison and survived

  • John, the last apostle to die, was the only one who didn’t die a martyr’s death

  • Brother of James

  • Wrote the Gospel, 3 Epistles, & Revelation

Dec 27


5THOMAS (Didymus-twin)

  • Spear and carpenter’s square

  • The square indicates he was a builder (India)

  • Spear shows how he died

  • Thomas needed visible proof to strengthen his faith (Jn 20)

  • Known as “Doubting Thomas”

Dec 21


6MATTHEW

  • Three money bags are a reminder of the previous profession of Matthew--a tax collector(Mt 9.9-13)

  • He is also called Levi

  • Wrote the Gospel of Matthew

Sep 21


7BARTHOLOMEW

  • Bible with a knife

  • The knife is a symbol of how he died--he was flayed (skinned) alive

  • Also called Nathanael

  • The first disciple to call Jesus the Son of God(Jn 1.49)

Aug 24


8JAMES the Younger

  • Picture of a saw

  • Shows how he died--said to be killed in Persia for his faith and then sawn in two

  • Also known as James the Less(Mk 15.40)

May 1


9PHILIP

  • A cross and 2 loaves of bread

  • Reminder of the feeding of the 5000 when Philip doubted Jesus’ power (Mt 14.13-21)

  • Brought Nathanael to Jesus

May 1


10JUDE

  • Ship with a plain white sail--different from the symbol for the Church

  • Jude sailed away for missionary service in distant lands

  • Also known as Judas, son of James, or Thaddaeus

Oct 28


11 PAUL

  • Bible with double-edge sword behind it

  • “Spiritus Gladius” is written on the pages of the Bible: “The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God” (Eph 6.27)

  • Known as the Apostle to the Gentiles

  • Wrote most of NT

Jan 25


12MATTHIAS

  • Bible with double- sided ax

  • Shows Matthias’ martyrdom--he was beheaded

  • Matthias was chosen as the replacement apostle for Judas(Acts 1)

Feb 29


13SIMON the Zealot

  • Fish on top of Bible

  • Illustrates that Simon was a fisher of men by the power of the Word

  • Belonged to the political party of the Zealots

Oct 28


14JUDAS ISCARIOT

  • Blank shield

  • Disciple who betrayed Jesus

  • Nothing desirable to remind us of his be-trayal, therefore no symbol

  • Even though blank, it sends a powerful message


SUMMARY

Two sets of brothersPeter and AndrewJames and John

All but one was a martyrOnly John died naturally

The additional 2 apostlesPaulMatthias


SUMMARY

Five had more than 1 nameSimon=Peter=Simon Peter=CephasThomas=Didymus (twin)Matthew=LeviBartholomew=NathanaelJude=Judas=Thaddaeus

Three had the same nameSimon Peter and Simon the ZealotJames the Elder and James the YoungerJudas son of James and Judas Iscariot


Be thou faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life. (Rev 2.10)


The East Window


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