This window is devoted to the four great early followers of Christ - Saint Stephen, Deacon and Protomartyr, Saint Paul, Saint Peter, and Saint James.

        The first figure at the left represents Saint Stephen in dalmatic as deacon, holding the book and martyr's palm.

        On the shield above are six stones, symbols of his martyrdom and the dalmatic symbol of his deaconship. In the medallion at the base is represented his dedication: "Whom they set before the Apostles: and when they had prayed that laid their hands upon them." Acts 7:6.

        Saint Paul bears the scroll and the sword, and on the shield above, the open book and sword are inscribed as his symbols. The medallion below represents his conversion on the way to Damascus. Acts 9:3-4. "Suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?"

Saint Peter in an attitude of preaching holds a scroll in his left hand. Above is his symbol, the Crossed Keys. The medallion represents the incident in Matthew 14:28-31 when Christ walked on the Sea. "And Peter answered him and said, Come. . . But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"

        Saint James is given the Pilgrim's Staff and open book, and above is his symbol the scollop shell. The predella is a symbol of his missionary spirit in spreading the word of Christ to far countries.

        In the background of the figures, under decorative canopies, are conventionalized patterns of Pomegranate, symbol of Resurrection and Immortality, for the two outer figures and for the two central ones, the Vine suggesting the unity of the church through the True Vine and his followers - the branches.

        In the tracery are adoring angels with palms of martyrdom and praise, and at the center is an angel of Prayer with a small Cross.

        The Memorial Inscription reads: "In loving memory of George Hobron Champlin - Benefactor of this church. Born 1840 - Died 1907".

  -- Charles J. Connick


DESIGNER: Charles J. Connick

ARCHITECT: Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson

DEDICATED: April 17, 1910

DONOR: Julia M. Champlin

EXPOSURE: West                       




PRICE: Information no longer available


LOCATION: West Transept

SIGHT SIZE: 15'6" X 9'6"


"This window was done before C.J.C. came to 9 Harcourt Street - Made in Arthur Cutter's workshop, Boston 1910"
(A.B. Cutter Co., 36 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA)

This was Charles J. Connick's "first representative window", and so impressed architect Ralph Adams Cram that many other commissions followed".