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Artist: David Wilson - St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Hartland, Michigan

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Window

Building Name: First United Methodist Church

Studio Name: Von Gerichten Studios

City: Kalamazoo

Window Shape: 6 (gothic arched, over 2 vertical sections)

Subject/Title of Window: Wisdom

Brief Description of Subject: The main symbolism of the Nave windows develops the Gifts of the Spirit: Faith, Hope, Love, Wisdom, Knowledge, Courage, Justice and Mercy. The Cross of Faith, the Anchor of Hope, the Burning Heart for Love, Burning Candle with the book of Wisdom, Burning Lamp of Knowledge, Oak Tree with crusader’s shield for Courage, the Sword and Scales for Justice, the Blunted Sword or broken Sword for Mercy. It is fitting that the emblems of the apostles should be used throughout these windows, as they were the “Distributors of the Word.” In the next window to the left, the center panel portrays an open Bible bearing the words, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32). Behind the Bible is a lighted candle the symbol of Christ, the light of the world, who said (John 14:6), “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” The lower panel center portrays three lighted candles surmounted by a triangle. The triangle and the three flames suggest the Trinity.

Condition of Window: Very Good

Height: 50'?

Width: 12'?

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass, Lead Came

Wisdom
Wisdom
The Greek Cross
The Greek Cross
Wisdom
Wisdom
The Holy Trinity
The Holy Trinity
Gifts of the Spirits windows, left
Gifts of the Spirits windows, left
Gifts of the Spirits windows exterior
Gifts of the Spirits windows exterior

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