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Church Windows: The South Side of the Nave

Saint George's has 48 stained glass windows in the narthex, chancel and nave of the church.  To read more about a particular window or view a larger picture, click on one of the thumbnails below.  When these pages are complete they will include an historic background of the scene, biographical information about the subject of the window, notes on the symbolism portrayed in the window, and questions for personal reflection.   For a virtual tour of the entire collection, begin with the Augustine of Hippo window and follow select "next window" at the end of each text.

The Nave is the main part of the interior of the church.  - The Great South Wall tells the story of the church organized  chronologically by date of death (beginning of life in heaven - their entrance into the "greater communion of saints), these windows move through the history of Anglicanism and the Episcopal Church in the United States.

The South Side of the Nave:

Augustine of Hippo WindowAugustine of Hippo
Late have I loved you, O Beauty so ancient and so new; late have I loved you; for you were within me, and I was outside; I sought you outside and my ugliness fell on those lovely things that you had made.  You were with me, and I was not with you.  I was kept from you by those things, yet had they not been in you, they would not have been at all.  You called and cried to me to unstop my deaf ears:  you sent forth the beams of your love to shine on me and heal my blindness:  you wafted perfumes on me; I breathed them in and now I long for you:  I tasted you, and now I hunger and thirst for you:  you touched me, and now I burn for your peace.
Patrick of Ireland WindowPatrick of Ireland
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun, radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire, speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind, depth of sea,
Stability of earth, firmness of rock. . . I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness,
Of the Creator of Creation.

from St. Patrick's Breastplate, 7th cent.
How the Irish Saved Civilization, pp. 116-119

Benedict of Nursia WindowBenedict of Nursia
Listen, child of God… Attend to the message you hear and make sure it pierces to your heart, so that you may accept with willing freedom and fulfill by the way you live, the directions that have come from your loving Father.  It is not easy to accept and persevere in obedience, but it is the way of return to Christ…. [Follow him] through taking to yourself that strong and blessed armor of obedience which he made his own on coming into our world.

Benedict, Prologue in St. Benedict’s Rule:  A New Translation for Today, trans. Patrick Barry, OSB (York, England: Ampleforth Abbey Press, 1997).

Augustine of Canterbury WindowAugustine of Canterbury
“Let not the toil of the journey nor the tongues of men predicting evil deter you.  But with all earnestness and zeal finish what, by God’s direction, you have begun—knowing that a great labor is followed by a greater glory of eternal reward.”

Gregory the Great, letter to Augustine (from booklet, p. 12)

Hilda of Whitby WindowHilda of Whitby
All who knew Abbess Hilda, the handmaid of Christ, called her mother because of her wonderful devotion and grace.  She was not only an example of holy life to members of her own community; she also brought about an opportunity for salvation and repentance to many living at a distance, who heard the inspiring story of her industry and goodness.          

from a reading from The History of the English Church and People, by the Venerable Bede, from Celebrating the Saints, p. 413

Margaret of ScotlandMargaret of Scotland
“O my children, fear the Lord; for they that fear Him shall not want anything that is good; and if you love Him, He will give you, my darlings, prosperity in this life and eternal felicity with all the saints.”

Margaret of Scotland, as quoted in The Life and Wisdom of Margaret of Scotland, by Lavinia Byrne (p. 59)

Francis of Assisi WindowFrancis of Assisi
Praise God, all of you his servants, and you that fear him, both small and great.
Let us praise and exalt him above all forever.
Let heaven and earth praise his glory,
And every creature that is in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth.
Let us praise and exalt him above all forever.

from “The Praises of the Trinity,” from 2000 Years of Prayer, pp. 141-2.

Sergius of Russia WindowSergius of Russia
My brethren, I desired to dwell alone in the wilderness and, furthermore, to die in this place.  If it be God’s will that there shall be a monastery in this place, and that many brethren will be gathered here, then may God’s holy will be done.  I welcome you with joy, but let each one of you build himself a cell.  Furthermore, let it be known unto you, if you come to dwell in the wilderness, the beginning of righteousness is the fear of the Lord.”

Sergius, from A Treasury of Russian Spirituality, p. 61

Julian of Norwich WindowJulian of Norwich
"Wouldst thou learn the Lord's meaning in this thing? Learn it well. Love was his meaning. Who showed it thee? Love. What showed he thee? Love. Wherefore showed it he? For Love. Hold thee therein and thou shalt learn and know more in the same."

(LFF p. 224)

Joan of Arc WindowJoan of Arc
"I am sent by God. I have nothing more to do here. Send me back to God, from whom I came."

spoken by Joan at her trial (from Joan of Arc, by Maurice Boutet de Monvel)

Richard Hooker WindowRichard Hooker
[Prayer] is the first thing wherewith a righteous life beginneth, and the last wherewith it doth end. The knowledge is small which we have on earth concerning things that are done in heaven. Notwithstanding thus much we know even of Saints in heaven that they pray. And therefore prayer being a work common to the Church in heaven as on earth, a work common unto men with Angels, what should we think but that so much of our lives is celestial and divine as we spend in the exercise of prayer.

Laws, Book V, Ch23.1 (p.111,l.1-19) (paraphrased)

John Donne WindowJohn Donne
Lord, teach thy people to love thy house best of all dwellings, thy scriptures best of all books, thy sacraments best of all gifts, the communion of saints best of all company: and that we may as one family and in one place give thanks and adore thy glory, help us to keep always thy day, the first of days, holy for thee, our Maker, our Resurrection, and our Life, God blessed for ever. Amen.

(2000 Years of Prayer, p. 237-8)

Wesley Brothers WindowWesley Brothers

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour's blood?
Died he for me, who caused his pain?
For me, who him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That thou, my God, shouldst die for me? ...

Charles Wesley (2000 Years of Prayer, p. 317)

Samuel Seabury WindowSamuel Seabury
"Increase, O God, my willingness to spend my life, as well as strength, in thy service.  To this end, preserve to me, I beseech Thee, if it be thy blessed will, my health and understanding, that while I live I may be useful to thy people."
Samuel Seabury, July 15, 1791
(from "Journal B," as quoted in Samuel Seabury:  A Bicentennial Biography,  by Anne W. Rowthorn, The Seabury Press, New York, NY, 1983, p. 103.)
Absalom Jones WindowAbsalom Jones
"The history of the world shows us, that the deliverance of the children of Israel from their bondage, is not the only instance, in which it has pleased God to appear in behalf of oppressed and distressed nations, as the deliverer of the innocent, and of those who call upon his name. He is as unchangeable in his nature and character, as he is in his wisdom and power. The great and blessed event, which we have this day met to celebrate, is a striking proof, that the God of heaven and earth is the same yesterday, and today, and for ever."

from A Thanksgiving Sermon, Preached January 1, 1808, in St. Thomas's, or The African Episcopal, Church, Philadelphia: on account of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade on that day, by the Congress of the United States, by Absalom Jones, rector of the said church. Philadelphia: Printed for the use of the Congregation. Fry and Kammerrer, Printers, 1808. Afro-American History Series, Maxwell Whiteman, ed., Historic Publication No. 222. Historic Publications, Philadelphia, PA, reprinted 1969. pp. 10-11.

Philander Chase WindowPhilander Chase

"When I consider the vast population in the west of our country, a population every day increasing; I cannot but feel the awful responsibility of our present charge, and am incited devoutly to implore the special direction of the Heavenly Will, that all our inceptive steps may promote the Kingdom of the Redeemer."

Philander Chase, "A Plea for the West," p. 8

David Oakerhater WindowDavid Oakerhater

You all know me. You remember when I led you out to war I went first and what I told you was true. Now, I have been away to the East and I have learned about another Captain, the Lord Jesus Christ, and He is my leader. He goes first, and all He tells me is true. I come back to my people to tell you to go with me now on this new road, a war that makes all for peace, and where we [ever] have only victory.

David Oakerhater, as quoted by Owanah Anderson in 400 Years: Anglican/Episcopal Mission Among American Indians, p. 155

Samuel Schereschewsky WindowSamuel Schereschewsky

"I have sat in this chair for over twenty years. It seemed very hard at first. But God knew best. He kept me for the work for which I am best fitted."

Samuel Schereschewsky, as quoted in Apostle of China, page 254.

Florence Nightengale WindowFlorence Nightingale

"Now I know what it is to live and to love life, I wish for no other earth, no other world but this."

Florence Nightingale, during her stay at Kaiserwerth Hospital, as quoted in Florence Nightingale, by Donna Shore, p. 50

C.S. Lewis WindowC.S. Lewis

"You are - as you used to call it in the Shadowlands - dead. The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning. And as He spoke He no longer looked to them as a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before."
C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle, p. 172

Florence Li Tim-Oi WindowFlorence Li Tim-Oi

“I am here.  Please send me.”

 -- Prayer of Florence Li Tim Oi

Communion of Saints WindowCommunion of Saints

Who are these like stars appearing,
These, before God’s throne who stand?
Each a golden crown is wearing; Who are all this glorious band?
Alleluia!  Hark, they sing,
Praising loud their heavenly King. 

Who are these of dazzling brightness,
These in God’s own truth arrayed,
Clad in robes of purest whiteness,
Robes whose luster ne’er shall fade,
Ne’er be touched by time’s rude hand?
Whence comes all this glorious band? 

These are they who have contended
For their Savior’s honor long,
Wrestling on till life was ended,
Following not the sinful throng;
Those, who well the fight sustained,
Triumph by the Lamb have gained. 

Theobald Heinrich Schenck (1656-1727)
Tr. Frances Elizabeth Cox (1812-1897)

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