WindowBuilding Name: First United Methodist Church
Studio Name: Von Gerichten Studios
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
Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass, Lead Came
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