window deals with the history of the Christian Church in America, developed in a series of subject medallions. The
theme has been so expressed in the window as to make appropriate
the use of other episodes of church history in an adjacent window
at some later date.
The dominant position in the middle
lancet is given to
Bishop Kemper riding his horse in the West; while
below him, John Eliot preaches to the Indians.
Then, beginning in the lower left
medallion are symbolized the Founding of Harvard College, with John Winthrop heading the twelve
men of the colony who were its governors. (Seven of the twelve
represented are identified as follows: the four at the extreme
right, reading from the bottom up are Richard Mather, Richard
Bellingham, Joseph Dudley and John Cotton of Boston; those at
the left of the table are, reading from left to right, Reverend
John Wilson; second, John
Davenport; and fourth, next to John Cotton, is Hugh Peter.)
Next above, is the Publishing
of the Bay Psalm Book
- the first book printed in the English Colonies in America.
Its authors were John Eliot, Richard Mather, and Thomas Welde
(likenesses of John Eliot and Richard Mather). In the medallion
background is an early type of printing press.
At the head of the panel is the Log
College for the theological
education of boys, erected by William Tennent, Sr.
Going to the lower right-hand medallion,
the Haystack Meeting at Williams College is set forth
- the beginning of foreign missions in the United States. (On
a hot, sultry afternoon in July or August, 1806, a group of five
students, headed by Samuel J. Mills, were driven by a thunderstorm
to seek shelter under a haystack, where they talked and prayed
together concerning "The Moral Darkness of Asia".
The middle medallion of this lancet
symbolizes the Laying
of the Cornerstone of the National Cathedral, by The Right Reverend Henry Yates
Satterlee, D.D., LLD., first Bishop of Washington, who holds
the trowel and mallet. Taking part in the ceremonial procession
are first, the crucifer, followed by several Canons, and the
Architect of the Cathedral, Henry Vaughn in academic cap and
gown, and other dignitaries. Above is a vision of the facade
of Washington Cathedral.
At the top, the medallion is devoted
to Chaplaining of the Armed Forces - the Communion Service (with the soldier in fatigue
The uppermost symbol in the design
is the Lamp of Faith, surrounded by stars of heavenly steadfastness;
while the composition is completed with the text from 1 John
1:3: "Truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His
Son Jesus Christ".
The fields around the medallions
are enriched with patterns of oak leaves, symbolizing strength.
Flames in smaller tracery members
suggest divine zeal.
The window is dedicated "To the Glory of God and in Loving
Memory of Edyth Penfield Hotchkin".
||-- Charles J.