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The Twelve Apostles The 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. Bartholomew This 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. Philip This 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. John This 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. Jude These 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. James  The 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. Matthias We 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 Windows In 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. 
Madonna Negra
Over the Altar The three-lancet window in the chancel over the altar is a mem-orial to the Honorable Samuel Church, chief justice of the Sup-reme Court of Connecticut. It de-picts three episodes from the life of St. John. The calling of James and John, sons of Zebedee at Galilee; John as writer of the Gospel, hol-ding script on which is written the opening words; and his vision of “The Heavenly Jerusalem” from the Island of Patmos. The workman-ship is English and the date is 1886.  At the top of these windows are representations of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove; the Cross and Crown of Jesus; and a pelican, with her young, since the ancients believed the mother pelican would tear at her own breast to feed her young with her blood; thus it is symbolic of Christ who shed his blood for mankind. The star is the Star of David, and the circle stands for God, in the Old and New Testaments. Stained Glass Windows Stained Glass Windows and other treasures
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