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Passion


Passion:  Tiffany Stained GlassLuke 19:28-40; 22:39-46

This window is executed by Tiffany and honors Olive Markham Healey. 

In the panel at the bottom is the sacrificial lamb indicating that Christ is to be sacrificed. 

This window is fittingly darker than any of the others. The full moon is shining through the olive trees. 

In the trefoil the three panels are all part of the same scene which depicts Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. The moonlight is coming down through the olive trees and Jesus is on his knees, praying intently. He is saying "Thy will be done, but if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me." This is probably a scene of greater suffering than even Calvary. Here Jesus sweat drops of blood. At Jesus' feet there is the silhouette of a cross, and Jesus knows that God's answer is that His life is leading toward crucifixion.  

Above, in the small scene is the crown of thorns and just at the top of the crown of thorns is a little cross all of it on a blood red background, indicating the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made.    
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Why did Dr. Lyons choose the Garden of Gethsemane and not show a window of the crucifixion of Jesus. According to Dr. Lyons, the choice is very significant. Christ's decision was made in the Garden of Gethsemane. Here Jesus chose to go to his death. He prayed to God. And God gave him the answer.  

After that it is all anticlimactic. The crucifixion itself is a physical thing. Jesus' determination to go through with God's will took place here in the Garden of Gethsemane and that was the most difficult moment. The Bible tells us he was sweating great drops of blood, so intent was he on his decision. This window depicts Jesus’ intense emotion as he made the spiritual decision that he would be sacrificed and follow through on God's will.  

Unique among all of the large windows in our church, this is the only window to contain only a single figure.

It is an interesting fact that the shadow of the cross is an actual shadow cast by some dark blue glass suspended between the colored glass and the protective shield. 

The message of the window is emphasized by its location in the darkest corner of the church. It marks a time when darkness seemingly overcomes the light.


 

 

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