This window is designed to symbolize the Twenty-Third Psalm.
In the quiet light of the east transept, it is a most appropriate subject, related to the Old Testament as well as to the Angelic figure in the Resting Chapel below and the figure of the Boy Christ, as a Pilgrim, in the small lancet near by.
It is designed in growing foliated forms, flowering in the pomegranate and the fleur-de-lis -- symbols of the unity of the Church and the purity of holiness.
The vine pattern serves to enrich the field and to outline medallion shapes of pure ruby, containing symbolic figures. Those in the heads of the lancets represent Ruth the Gleaner and David, King and Musician. The dominating figure in the quatrefoil above is a symbol of Christ the Good Shepherd, with a shepherd's crook and a lamb in His arms.
Below Ruth and David are allegorical figures -- protectors of young children -- Goodness, with flower and fruit as symbol, and Mercy, with refreshing water.
In the base are symbols of the earthly home and the heavenly home, with little figures of playing children and adoring angels at either side.
Running through the design is the text: "Surely Goodness and Mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever".
The borders and tracery are enriched with stars; and red-winged Seraphim and Devine Love complete the side tracery members.
Across the bottom is the Memorial Inscription:
ARCHITECT: Cram and Ferguson
DEDICATED: November 1, 1938
DONOR: Miss Ethel Murphy
HEIGHT FROM FLOOR: 17.5'
PRICE: $1000 ($32.26/ft)
|Photograph from the Sketch|