Great Window

IMG_1This window is designed to harmonize with the contemporary type of architecture which constitutes its setting.
Its color palette reflects extensive glass areas throughout the Nave. The composition is dominated by a great central figure of Our Lord in an attitude of welcome.

Symbols of the Trinity are designed in the upper portions at the ends of the extended cruciform halo, – the Hand of God the Father from the clouds (Psalm 145:13-16), the Lamb bearing the cruciform banner of victory (Revelation 5:12), and the Dove of the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22).IMG_2
At either side, candles signify the Light of the World (John 8:12), and the alpha and omega (the Greek alphabet’s first and last letters, Revelation. 22:13), the beginning and the end.

Near His feet are symbols of the eight Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3ff): the Dove for the Poor in Spirit; the Inverted Torch for They that Mourn; the Lamb for the Meek; the Scales for They which do hunger and thirst after Righteousness; the Broken Sword for the Merciful; the Lily for the Pure in Heart; the Olive Branch for the Peacemakers; and the Crown for They which are persecuted for Righteousness’ Sake.
A lower arcade of standing figures represent the four Evangelists, Saints Matthew, Mark, IMG_3Luke and John, each with evangelistic pen and book; and an angel of prayer with censer (Revelation 8:3, 4) at the center. Eight stars in the surrounding field again suggest the Beatitudes.
At the bottom is the text: “I am the Good Shepherd” (John 10:11, 14)

“Great Window over The Entrance Trinity Lutheran Church Darmstadt, Evansville, Indiana
Designed and Made by Charles J. Connick Associates” (Boston, MA)
A letter of explanation (1959?) in the Trinity Darmstadt Archives.