History of our Stained glass


The round Chancel window was dedicated on May 26, 1991; the side panel windows were dedicated on May 12, 2002. These nature themed windows all depict flowers mentioned in the bible.

CALLA LILLY: Lillium Candilum – The focal point of the window is the Lily, symbolic of the purity of Christ. Pure white leafless stems, reaching to the heavens. It is considered to be the flower of the Resurrection… “Consider the lilies of the field, they neither oil nor spin, yet I tell you even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28

TRILLIUM: Trillium Grandiflorum – Symbolic of the Trinity – three Divine Persons in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Blooms in the spring “when the robin starts to sing.” Also called WAKEROBIN.

MADONNA LILY: Lillium Candilum – Symbolic of Chastity, Purity, and Etherial Beauty. Lily of the Bible…”My beloved is mine and I am his. He feedeth among the lilies.” Son of Solomon 2:16

STAR OF BETHLEHEM, DOVE’S DUNG: Simbellatum Ornithoglum – Prolific white spring blossoms resemble the droppings of doves. The flower grows abundantly in Palestine. Cab, Hebrew unit of dry measure, approximately 1 pint…”And the fourth part of a cab of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver.” II Kings 6:25


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ROSE, CHRISTMAS ROSE, LENTEN ROSE:     Helleborus – Blooms in the late fall to early spring. Often appears when the snow is on the ground, hence the name Christmas Rose.

MUSTARD SEED: Brassica Nigra – A familiar sight along the shore of Gallilee, where Jesus spoke to multitudes. Compare the fast growth of the Gospel message to the large development from a seed to a tree…”It is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and cast into his garden, and it waxed into a great tree.” Luke 13:19

ROSE BUDS: Rosa Phoenicia – Native of Palestine. The five petals depict the five wounds of Christ – the thorns of the crown…”Let us crown ourselves with rose buds before they be withered.” Wisdom of Solomon 2:8

JACOB’S LADDER: Polemonium Reptaus – Flowers in the spring and early summer. Leaves have many lance-shaped leaflets, and are arranged on the stems like the rungs of a ladder.

MADONNA LILY: The focal point of the window is the Lily, symbolic of the purity of Christ. Pure white leafless stems, reaching to the heavens. It is considered to be the flower of the Resurrection… “Consider the lilies of the field, they neither oil nor spin, yet I tell you even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28

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LILY OF THE VALLEY: Convallaria majalis – “Consider the lilies how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Luke 12:27

CROSS VINE: This name is derived from the pith of the stem, which, when cut across, has the shape of a cross.

SPIKENARD: Nardostachys Var, Valeriana Fatamausi – So costly was Mary’s gift of devotion that it represented a laborer’s wage for the greater part of a year. Mary of Bethany honored Jesus with the precious oil of Spikenard was a supper of fellowship. Mark 14: 3-8, John 12:1-7 “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of Spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus.” John 12:3

Stained glass windows in the Gathering Space and back of the Sanctuary were dedicated on November 9, 2008.  Each of these windows has a story behind it.  You can read about each window and its symbolism in the pamphlet, Stained Glass Windows at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church.

                      

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