A GIFT

A letter was sent to Mrs. Eddy from First Church of Christ, Scientist, New York City, May 17, 1904, in reference to their gift of the transept windows.

Beloved Leader and Teacher:–Through you, the windows of heaven have been opened to us, and blessings have been poured out so that there is not room enough to receive them. (Malachi 3:10)  

We rejoice in the opportunity of expressing, in part, our gratitude, through the gift of the two stained-glass windows…which are approaching completion.  They typify your spiritual perception, through which “the sunshine of Truth” (S&H 299) reveals the real Church, the expression of eternal Life and power, “the worship of God in spirit and in truth,” the manifestation of the Christ idea.  

It is an honor to be represented in the edifice so near to you, and so dear to your heart, and to let our offering speak of the love that unites us indissolubly to her who has filled our treasuries with priceless gems of immortal thought. 

 Mrs. Eddy’s Reply from Pleasant View, June 1, 1904

Beloved Brethren:–I beg to thank the dear brethren…God grant that this church is rapidly nearing the maximum of might–the means that builds to the heavens, that has indeed found and felt the infinite Source wherein is all, and wherefrom to help its neighbor…

Christian Science Sentinel, Vol. VI, No. 41, p. 648

Mrs. Eddy’s One Church Visit

Mary Baker Eddy visited the church only once after it’s completion and that visit was for the purpose to see these new windows from England after they had been installed.  She is said to have stayed for a whole hour looking at these windows.

Authorization and fine details of her visit and reactions as conveyed to the reporter by Irving C. Tomlinson, who accompanied her on this one church visit, comes from an article in The Concord (N. H.) Daily Patriot and is quoted in the 1904 Christian Science Sentinel, Vol. 8:54, and in the 1905 Christian Science Journal, Vol. 23, p. 435-6.  The description, in its entirety, can be read in the Edifice section of this website. 

These windows in the transepts were especially designed for this church and came from the studios of John Hardiman and Company in Birmingham, England.

These transept windows are described in detail in a Concord Patriot article, reprinted in the Christian Science Journal, Vol. 23, p. 434-5:  

“These large windows represent the highest order of artistic workmanship in glass decoration, and their rare beauty of classic design and rich coloring makes them notable works of art.  These worthy masterpieces fittingly adorn the noble building for which they were specially designed.”

“The artist of these fine windows has been particularly successful, not only in arranging the various groups so as to make plain to the most commonplace mind the subjects, but he has also given them high among works of beauty and art.  It is evident that he has studied very intelligently the text-book of Christian Science, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mrs. Eddy.  This is made clear by the expression on the Master’s countenance, as there are no indications of the presence of that kind of human pity which weakens and destroys, but on the contrary, it is marked by that divine compassion which heals.  These windows are certainly grand sermons, and again demonstrate the value of pictorial art in the crusade against error, and in the setting forth of truth.  Moreover, the scenes depicted in these windows demonstrate the power of Christianity to heal the sick as well as the sinful.”                                                                    

Concord (N. H.) Patriot

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TRANSEPT WINDOWS SUBJECT CONTINUITY

There is continuity in the two subjects in the two sets of transept windows.  The first, illustrates Jesus’ work before the resurrection in his command in Matthew 10:8 to “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils”; and in the second set of windows, Jesus meeting with his disciples after the resurrection; and the third, the disciples healing work.

The South Transept Window

The SOUTH transept illustrates the command of Jesus as reported in 

Matthew 10:8 to

“heal the sick,

cleanse the lepers,

raise the dead,

cast out devils.”

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HEAL THE SICK

In the first panel Jesus has his left hand on a child’s head and a man with a cane is reaching up and holding Jesus’ right hand.

Luke 18:15-17

(also Matthew 19:13-15 and Mark 10:13-16)

15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

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There is also a man kneeling by Jesus’ feet, holding a cane in his right hand and with his left, holding Jesus’ hand.  

In this scene Jesus may have been healing both the child and the man.

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CLEANSE THE LEPERS

The second panel is the healing of the lepers. 

Luke 5: 12-15

12     And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a
man full of leprosy:  who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought
him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 
13     And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be
thou clean.  And immediately the leprosy departed from him.
14     And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself
to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing according as Moses
commanded, for a testimony unto them.
15     But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and
great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of
their infirmities.

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RAISE THE DEAD

The third panel is the raising of Lazarus from the dead.

John 11: 1, 4, 6, 11, 17, 32, 41-44

 

1         Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
4          When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
6         When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
11      Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
17     Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.
32      Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
41      Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid.  And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou has heard me.
42      And I knew that thou hearest me always; but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou has sent me.
43      And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44      And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin.  Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

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 CAST OUT DEVILS

The fourth panel is Jesus’ healing of the demonic boy. 

He is holding the loosened chains as he is being told to go back to the city and tell them of his healing. 

Luke 8:26-36

26     And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.
27     And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.
28     When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high?  I beseech thee, torment me not.
29     (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man.  For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
30     And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name?  And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.
31     And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.
32     And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them.  And he suffered them.
33     Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.
34     When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country.
35     Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
36     They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.

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 The North Transept Window

The NORTH transept windows are devoted to two subjects:

LEFT TWO PANELS  

The panels on the left illustrate the 21st chapter of John and show the appearance of Jesus to his disciples beside the Sea of Tiberias (also called the Sea of Galilee – John 6:1) after the resurrection.  His disciples have gone back to fishing and Jesus tells them: “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.” This has a deeper meaning for the future mission of his disciples as they go out into the world to spread his message.  

Then Jesus asks Peter if he loves him; to which Peter responds in the affirmative, and Jesus answers, “feed my sheep.”  Peter at Jesus’ first asking answers with “phileo” which means “fond of” or the love of a friend, but the third time he understands what Jesus means and answers with “agapas” which is the Greek word for divine or spiritual love.  There are four words for love in Greek. 

There are seven disciples shown: James and John, Nathaniel in green, Thomas on the left, possibly Matthew in the back, and maybe Andrew behind Jesus. Peter is in blue. 

John 21: 1-2, 6,14-17

1         After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.
2         There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.
6      And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast, therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
12     This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.
15      So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?  He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love [“phileo”] thee.  He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16     He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest [“agapas”] thou me?  He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love [“phileo”] thee.  He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17     He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me?  And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest that I love [“agapas”] thee.  Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

 

RIGHT TWO PANELS

The panels on the right illustrate the 3rd chapter of Acts and show the healing of the lame man at the gate of the Temple which is called Beautiful.  There was a law that no cripple could enter into the temple.  John is in blue and Peter in red and yellow.  Peter has just let go of his hand after lifting the beggar up, healed.  Two men of the temple are examining him to make sure he has been healed.   He has dropped his beggar’s bowl.

Acts 3:1-10                            

                                                   

 

1         Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2         And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3         Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4         And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5         And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6         Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7         And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8         And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9         And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
10     And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.

For more windows, see links above under Windows:

Other Edifice Windows and Board Room Windows.


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