"The Rectors Window" honors the rectors of All Saints Parish. It was made possible by an anonymous donation given specifically for a new stained glass window.

        All Saints Parish has long been noted in stained glass window circles because of the presence of many Charles Connick windows, including his first large commission and, seventy-six years later, the Connick Studio's last commission. Other representative windows by Goodhue, Burnham and Ball are also present. Many years ago, Mr. Henry Willet described the windows of All Saints Parish as "the finest collection of 'Boston Glass' under one roof"; and now, years later, the Willet Studio contributes this new window to the All Saints building.

        The Window is an abstract design which expresses the dynamic beauty of God's creation and the involvement of God's priestly people moving forward into the new millennium. The window links the nine past and current rectors to Melchizedek, the high priest who ministered to Abraham in Genesis 14:18 and who is invoked in Psalm 110:4: "You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek."

        The New Window Committee felt strongly that this design answered the two criteria discussed at the first meeting:

            1) A window that initially produces a "WOW" response in the viewer; and,
            2) A window that elicits a different emotional response with each viewing.

        All felt that the final choice succeeded.


+   The All Saints Parish New Window Committee   +

Barbara MacDonald
Richard Montross
Peter Stringham
The Rev. David Killian, Rector


DESIGNER: Willet Studio -- design by Jane Collins, adapted from a 1976 design by Charles Z. Lawrence

ARCHITECT: Cram and Ferguson

DEDICATED: November 3, 2002

DONOR: Anonymous


FOOTAGE: 78.76 sq. ft.

LOCATION: West Aisle

SIGHT SIZE: 106"W x 107"H



PRICE: $38,500


The Initial Mailing

August 2001

        After 2-3 meetings,the following letter was put together and mailed to 12 stained glass window studios we had gathered from our committee membership, Peter Mattison (our consultant) and Virginia Raguin (stained glass window authority and coordinator of the United States Stained Glass Window Census):


Stained Glass Window Committee
All Saints Parish
1773 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
August xx 2001

Dear Sir/Madam,

All Saints Parish in Brookline, Massachusetts has received an anonymous bequest for a new stained glass window. The shape of the window is an arch that is roughly square in proportion (8'2"W x 8'2"H) approx 60 sq.ft.) and is over a west side door in the nave of the church (picture included). Most of the windows in this "Perpendicular, Gothic" style church are traditional (by Connick et al) and a few of the windows are unfinished. For information about all the existing windows ­ with pictures and specifications see our web site: <<www.allsaintsparish.info>>.

All Saints Parish is a multiethnic, dynamic congregation whose aim is to help people's
spiritual growth, knowing that each person is on an individual path towards God. We want to have a 21st century window that strongly broadcasts the message of spirituality to those who see it. We know spirituality is both dynamic and subtle.

The donor wished the window to honor the Rectors of All Saints and stipulated the following:

a. The window must contain the full names of the 8 past and 1 current Rectors in chronological     order.

b. The window must refer to "The ancient order of Melchizedek"-our committee has decided     that the words "You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:4)"     could go on the window. Melchizedek was an Old Testament priest who met Abraham. The     New Testament uses Melchizedek as an example of the unique priesthood of Jesus. (We     have included a separate sheet about Melchizedek.)

c. The window must state "from a former parishioner."

The committee is open to all ideas as long as the spirit of God shines through this window. We hope this to be a 21st century window thus unlike any other window in the building. (We are not desirous of another Connick-style window.)

The committee thought that many themes fit the concept of priesthood: all parishioners are priests, the last supper, communion, fishers of people, altar, baptism. Note: If people are represented in the window, they must be multicultural-Asian American, African American, Hispanic American and white, which is our congregation. You are not limited to these themes. The theme is priesthood and people helping other people find God.

If you are interested in this project, we are interested in looking at a sampling of your portfolio (slides, pamphlets, etc) in order to help us understand the various styles your studio is able to produce.

Send your materials to the above address

Sincerely yours,

Rev. David Killian, Barbara MacDonald, Rick Montross, Peter Stringham
The ASP Stained Glass Window Committee

1. Pictures of site for window
     a. New window site above the door
     b. Site with surrounding windows
2. Information sheet about Melchizedek.

The Enclosures

More Information About Melchizedek

Certainly they were ignorant of any coming danger, when Abram, having divided his force, fell upon them, in the dead of night, from several sides at the same time, inflicted a great slaughter, and pursued them to close by Damascus. All the spoil and all the captives, among them Lot also, were rescued and brought back. As the returning host of Abram entered the valley of Shaveh, close under the walls of what afterwards became Jerusalem, they were met by two persons bearing very different characters, and coming from opposite directions. From the banks of Jordan the new king of Sodom, whose predecessor had fallen in battle against Chedorlaomer, came up to thank Abram, and to offer him the spoils he had won; while from the heights of Salem - the ancient Jerusalem - the priest-king Melchizedek descended to bless Abram, and to refresh him with "bread and wine." This memorable meeting seems to have given the valley its name, "the king's dale;" and here, in later times, Absalom erected for himself a monumental pillar.(2 Samuel 18:18) But now a far different scene ensued, and one so significant in its typical meaning as to have left its impress alike on the prophecies of the Old and in the fulfillment of the New Testament. Melchizedek appears like a meteor in the sky - suddenly, unexpectedly, mysteriously, - and then as suddenly disappears. Amid the abundance of genealogical details of that period we know absolutely nothing of his descent; in the roll of kings and their achievements, his name and reign, his birth and death remain unmentioned. Considering the position which he occupies towards Abram, that silence must have been intentional, and its intention typical; that is, designed to point forward to corresponding realities in Christ. Still more clearly than its silence does the information which Scripture furnishes about Melchizedek show the deep significance of his personality. His name is "King of Righteousness," his government that of the "Prince of Peace;" he is a priest," neither in the sense in which Abram was, nor yet "after the order of Aaron," his priesthood being distinct and unique; he blesses Abram, and his blessing sounds like a ratification of the bestowal of the land upon the patriarch; while Abram gives "him tithes of all." There is in this latter tribute an acknowledgment of Melchizedek both as king and priest - as priest in giving him "tithes," and as king in giving him these tithes of all the spoil, as if he had royal claim upon it; while Abram himself refuses to touch any of it, and his allies are only allowed to "take their portion."

This is not the place to discuss the typical meaning of this story; yet the event and the person are too important to pass them unnoticed. Twice again we meet Melchizedek in Scripture: once in the prophecy of Psalm 110:4: "Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek;" the other time in the application of it all to our blessed Savior, in Hebrews 7:3. That Melchizedek was not Christ Himself is evident from the statement that he was "made like unto the Son of God" (or "likened unto" Him, Hebrews 7:3); while it equally appears from these words, and from the whole tenor of Scripture, that he was a type of Christ. In fact, we stand here at the threshold of two dispensations. The covenant with Noah had, so to speak, run its course, or rather was merging into that with Abram. As at the commencement of the New Testament, John gave testimony to Jesus, and yet Jesus was baptized by John; so here Melchizedek gave testimony to Abram, and yet received tithes from Abram. If we add, that in our view Melchizedek was probably the last representative of the race of Shem in the land of Canaan, which was now in the hands of the Canaanites, who were children of Ham, as well as that he was the last representative of the faith of Shem, in the midst of idolatry - being a "priest of the most high God," - the relation between them will become more clear. It was the old transferred to the new, and enlarged in it; it was the rule and the promise of Shem, solemnly handed over to Abram by the last representative of Shem in the land, who thus gave up his authority in the name of "the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth," "which hath delivered" Abram's enemies into his hands. It has been well observed, that "Abram's greatness consisted in his hopes, that of Melchizedek in his present possession." Melchizedek was both a priest and a king, - Abram only a prophet; Melchizedek was recognized as the rightful possessor of the country, which as yet was only promised to Abram. True, the future will be infinitely greater than the present, - but then it was as yet future. Melchizedek owned its reality by blessing Abram, and transferring his title, as it were, to him; while Abram recognized the present, by giving tithes to Melchizedek, and bending to receive his blessing. Thus Melchizedek, the last representative of the Shemitic order, is the type of Christ, as the last representative of the Abrahamic order. What lay in germ in Melchizedek was to be gradually unfolded - the priesthood in Aaron, the royalty in David - till both were most gloriously united in Christ.  Melchizedek was, however, only a shadow and a type; Christ is the reality and the antitype. It is for this reason that Scripture has shut to us the sources of historical investigation about his descent and duration of life, that by its silence it might point to the heavenly descent of Jesus. For the same reason also Abram, who so soon afterwards vindicated his dignity and position in the language of superiority with which he declined the king of Sodom's offer of the spoils, bent lowly before Melchizedek, that in his blessing he might receive the spiritual inheritance which he now bequeathed him. Nor will the attentive reader fail to remark the language in which Melchizedek spake of God as "the most high," and the "possessor of heaven and earth" - terms which Abram adopted, but to which he added the new name of "Jehovah," as that of "the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth" - a name which indicated that covenant of grace of which Abram was to be the representative and the medium. It is quite in accordance with this whole transaction that Abram put aside the offer of the king of Sodom: "Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself." Assuredly, it had not been as an ally of the king of Sodom, but to vindicate his position, and that of all connected with him, that the Lord had summoned Abram to the war, and given him the victory. And so these figures part, never to meet again: the king of Sodom to hasten to the judgment, already lingering around him; the king of Salem to wait for the better possession promised, which indeed was already commencing.



+  The Winning Design  +

The Willet Studio of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was chosen and Susan Bockius was assigned to be the liason between the Studio and the Committee to facilitate communication



(After the design was finalized, lettering was the final decision)



(To learn more about the complete fabrication of a window CLICK HERE)

Designing   The Color Palette

Designing the window

The Glass Palette (Choices, choices, choices!)
Glass on Pattern   Glazing

The glass is picked for color and cut to shape 

Glazing (Lead and glass put together) 

Cementing (Weatherproofing)