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The Commandment Window

THE PILGRIMS WINDOW, the first window described which faces this one across the narthex inspires those entering the church to go in with glad and thankful hearts. The Commandment Window encourages those leaving the church to go forth into the world with loving hearts for all people.

Our Lord is seen walking in the portico of Solomon with a group of the Apostles. This portico was on the east side of the colonnaded ambulatory of Herod's Temple. During the Jewish feasts the Roman soldiers walked on the roof of the porticoes to see that order was kept in the streets below.

The inscription on the window are the words of our Lord to his disciples, "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12) The Japanese Christian leader, Kagawa, said, "The world is dying for want of love." Our Lord bids us to show the world the saving power of love as revealed in his death and resurrection. Love's capacity to forgive is unlimited: this, the world needs to know and experience if lasting peace and justice among men and nations are to be achieved. Jesus commands his followers to be the first to love men into the way of peace. "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13).


This window was Given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Adolphus Fletcher Spigner, Jr. by his wife and children. Dedicated April 8, 1962.