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Narthex windows - Westminster Presbyterian Church
724 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY
Westminster Presbyterian Church - Official Website

Dedicated:

1950

Design, Fabrication:

Burnham Studios

Style:

Gothic Revival (Neo-Gothic)
See also:
Audio: John McClive, Summary and Location of Westminster Window

"Acts of Mercy" window

"Christ's Invitation" window 

" Gifts of the Spirit" window 



Exterior view of the narthex windows



Left - "Acts of Mercy" window   ...   Center - "The Great Invitation" window   ...   Right - "Gifts of the Spirit" window




"Acts of Mercy" window

Acts of Mercy: Matthew 25: 35-36: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me." To these six Acts of Mercy, Christian tradition has added a seventh - to bury the dead and comfort those who mourn.






















"The Great Invitation" window
The Great Invitation: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." - Matt. 11:28



In the window over the center doorway is a large figure of Christ with outstretched arms inviting us: "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest."

On either side of his head are the Greek letters,
Alpha and Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, the traditional symbols from the early church for Christ as the beginning and end,

Before him is a group of seven people representing mankind, healthy and afflicted, at various stages of life and times of need: childhood, youth, middle age and old age, those who mourn, and are crippled and blind.




















"Gifts of the Spirit" window

Gifts of the Spirit: Isaiah 11:13: "And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might and the Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord"





Solomon



St. John the Baptist



Sermon on the Mount  Matthew 5: 3-12 Surrounding the spirit of True Godliness, as symbolized by Christ's Sermon on the Mount are the six Gifts of the Spirit based on the Messianic prophecy of Isaiah 11- 1-3: "There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might and the Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord."




John 3: 1-22  The Pharisee, Nicodemus, visits Jesus at night and hears that he must be born again of water and the Spirit in order  to enter the Kingdom of God.



St. Stephen



Daniel 5:  King Belshazzer's dream and downfall are interpreted by Daniel   ...   Matthew 5 (The Beatitudes)




Genesis 28: 12-22  Jacob dreams of a staircase, with angels on it,  that reached from earth to heaven. Upon awaking and realizing he had seen God, Jacob named that place, Bethel, the "House of God."







Special thanks to Pastor Reverend Dr. Thomas H. Yorty for his cooperation
and to Church Historian John McClive for his assistance


Photos and their arrangement 2009 Chuck LaChiusa
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