The Twelve ApostlesThe twelve stained glass panels in the six side windows were installed in 1965 through 1968 and are all memorials to parish members of their relatives. The ones of St. Peter and St. John were made by Len Howard of Kent, Connecticut, and all the others by the Willet Studios in Philadelphia, in the style of fifteenth Century glass in Yorkminster, England.
(At the north rear of the nave)St. James the Less and St. BartholomewThis pair of windows, in memory of William Henry Odell, depicts St. James the Less and St. Matthew and a member of a remarkable Christian family. He carries a saw, symbol of his martyrdom; and St. Bartholomew (also called Nath- aniel) bears the Gospel and a flaying knife, the manner of his death. He was a mystic and inclined to meditation, the pears at his feet indicate incarnation. The tops of the lancets, or panels, show Christ blessing the children, and the Ascension, which was probably witnessed by these two apostles. The scenes in the predella (lower part) deal with discipleship. Jesus calls the fishermen to follow him, and watches Bartholomew asleep under the fig tree. The inscription and the tracery also show disciple- ship. The basket with a fish in it which two other fish draw near is derived from a ring-stone of Arnulf, Bishop of Metz.
(In the middle of the north side)St. Andrew and St. PhilipThis window is in memory of The Reverend Romaine Stiles Mans- field. The X-shaped cross was the kind St. Andrew was crucified on, and the spear is the symbol of St. Philip’s martyrdom. Above St. And- rew are Aquilla and Priscilla, the tent makers, while above St. Philip is St. Cecilia, patron stain of music, in remembrance of Emilia Moore Mansfield, who played the organ in her husband’s church. They both loved the land and growing things, so leaves and flowers are caught up in the canopy of the window. At the feet of St. Andrew is a boy hol- ding the five loaves and two fishes with which Jesus fed the multitude. Beside St. Philip are the Greeks who asked to see Jesus. The pred- ellas show the Sower and Ruth, the gleaner. Small shield shapes in the canopy contain additional symbols of each Apostle. The kite contains an escallop shell of baptism super- imposed on an open book, symbol of the great commission Jesus gave his Apostles to go into the world to preach the Gospel and baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
These descriptions of our beautiful stained glass windows come from a brochure: The Interior of St. John’s Episcopal Church, by Elise G. Becket, October 1992
(Forward on the north aisle)St. Peter and St. JohnThis pair of windows is in memory of George F. Winter. St. Peter is shown familiarly holding the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, while at the lower part of the window there is a cock, reminder of Peter having thrice denied his Lord before the crowing of the cock. St. John is pic- tured holding a chalice because he was thought once to have been offered a cup of poison by his enemies. A snake is also asso- ciated with a supposed attempt to kill him by a snake bite, but he escaped all attempts on his life and was thought to be the only Apostle to have died a natural death. He is represented by an eagle, the bird who flies higher than any other, which re-minds us of the loftiness and in-spiration of his Gospel, and the Book of Revelations.A pomegranate, a symbol of the Resurrection, and the fiery chariot of Elijah are also in this window.
(On the south aisle near the baptistery)St. Thomas and St. JudeThese were placed in memory of John and Mary Scoville McChe- sney. Mrs. McChesney’s window includes a likeness of St. Thomas’ Church in New York, where the couple was married, and Mr. Mc- Chesney’s has a rendering of Gamaliel teaching the boy Paul, since Mr. McChesney taught for many years at The Hotchkiss School. St. Thomas bears the spear of his martyrdom, and St. Jude holds a boat hook symbolic of his travels by ship, relevant for the McChesneys who were frequent travelers. At the very top of the window is the seal of Amherst College, which Mr. McChesney attended.
(In the middle of the south aisle)St. Matthew and St. JamesThe Reverend Archibald Romaine Mansfield and his wife, Ella Hun- tington Mansfield, a nurse, are memorialized in these windows. St. Matthew holds the Book of his Gospel and a battle axe used in his martyrdom, and he is also shown at his table as a tax collector from where Jesus called him. St. James holds a pilgrim’s staff and a wallet and a hat. Below he is garbed as a fisherman. Above Matthew, Paul is shown shipwrecked on the island of Melita; while above St. James is seen the woman anointing Jesus’ head with precious ointment. Mr. Mansfield was long a director of Seaman’s Church Institute, the seal of which is seen in the window. Dorcas, who, the Bible tells us, sewed for widows and orphans, here represents Mrs. Mansfield’s care of the unfortunate. The Good Samaritan is also pictured to remind us of the good works of both the Mansfields. These windows are opposite those in memory of Mr. Mansfield’s parents.
(At the south rear)St. Simon and St. MatthiasWe read in the Book of Acts of the Apostles of the election of Matthias to take the place of Judas who betrayed Christ. This pair of windows was dedi- cated to the memory of Donald and Lois Church Scoville Warner. St. Simon as a “Fisher of Men’ holds a fish and a book, while St. Matthias holds a carpenter square as a sign of his upright, four- square life. A Table of the Law, and animals and birds show some of Mr. Warner’s interests. Flowers were an im- portant interest for Mrs. Warner, and one also sees a Red Cross because of her work with that organization, and the seal of the Town of Salisbury. The profile of the hills surrounding the lake where Jesus was preaching is taken from the profile of the hills around the lake on Mr. Riga in Salisbury where the Warners owned land. Further tributes to the Warner family include a quail and a beaver because of Mr. Warner’s love of animals and birds; and the wild flowers pictured here are laurel, dogtooth violets, and trillium, all found in the local woods. Christ is shown in a healing miracle, reminiscent of Mrs. Warner’s interest in St. Luke’s Hospital in New York.
Chancel WindowsIn the north wall near the sacristy door is the window given in memory of Maud Marshall Kelly Warner and her infant daughter. It was made in Florence, Italy, in 1904, and represents the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child. (Mrs. Warner died in childbirth.)The window in the Baptistry showing Jesus with the children is of the nine- teenth century make and was given in memory of Harriet Scoville Church.
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