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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: Mercy

Brief Description of Subject: This is one of the eight “Gifts of the Spirits” windows. The symbols in the upper row of windows from left to right: The Latin Cross used by any religious body whose doctrines include a confession of the Lord Jesus Christ and His atoning death, it is the actual form of the cross upon which the Savior died; the descending dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit; the Jeweled Crown symbolic of our Lord’s great victory and Eternal Life. The middle row: St. James symbolized by the pilgrim’s staff and wallet; the sword of Martyrdom against the Lamb’s Book of Life, in which is written the names of the Holy Martyrs; and St. Andrew, the cross saltire, St. Andrew is believed to have died on a cross of this sort while preaching the Gospel in Greece. The bottom row, center window; Eternal Life Through Jesus Christ; the three stages of life history of the butterfly represent the three stages of the Christian; first is the crawling larva, representing the lowly condition of the mortal man on this earth; next is the chrysalis, lying in its shell, and seemingly lifeless, this depicts the body of man in the grave; finally the pupa bursts its outer shell, emerges, dries its wings and soars heavenward with a body beautiful and new; so also does our Lord Jesus raise up all the dead at the last day and the soul and glorified body are reunited, to dwell in Heaven forever; what finer symbol is there of the power of our Savior to raise up the faithful believer?

Condition of Window: Very Good

Height: 50'?

Width: 12'?

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

Mercy
Mercy
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit
The Sword of Martyrdom
The Sword of Martyrdom
Eternal Life
Eternal Life
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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