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Window of the Month
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: 3 (arched)

Subject/Title of Window: Justice

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 center panel of the next window to the right we find a sword and scales, symbolizing for us the impartial justice of God. In the lower panel we find a staff bearing an old-fashioned square lantern. This is the symbol of the betrayal of Jesus described in John 18:3, “Then Judas, having received the band of soldiers and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh hither with lanterns and weapons.”

Condition of Window: Very Good

Height: 50'?

Width: 12'?

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

Justice
Justice
Immortality
Immortality
The Greek Cross
The Greek Cross
Lantern and Shepher's Crook
Lantern and Shepher's Crook
The Sword and Scales of Justice
The Sword and Scales of Justice
Gifts of the Spirits Windows exterior
Gifts of the Spirits Windows exterior

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