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The Nativity Window

THE WINDOW is carried out in varied medallion designs decoratively and symbolically treated. In the central medallion is the Nativity of our Lord. The Christ Child, bathed in the light of the Star and enclosed in a vesica, is the focal point not only of this medallion, but of the window. On either side close by are Mary, the mother, and Joseph with his budding staff, while above and below are shown the angels who brought the glorious message, "On earth peace, good will toward men". At the left and the right are ass and ox, and doves of peace: peace that can come only to a world motivated by the love of Christ. Below the manger is the Lamb, symbolizing Jesus as " ... the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29)

In the surrounding border are eight medallion scenes in smaller scale relating to the birth and childhood of Jesus. Beginning at the bottom left and proceeding clockwise, these are as follows:

  • The Annunciation, showing the Angel Gabriel giving to Mary the message, " . . . 'Hail, a favored one, the Lord is with you!' ... ' ... you have found favor with God. And behold, you will . . . bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.' " (Luke 1:28-31)
  • The Visitation, showing Mary as she cries to Elizabeth, " . . . 'My soul magnifies the Lord ... ' " (Luke 1:46)
  • The astonished shepherds are portrayed as they heard the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!" (Luke 2:14)
  • In the upper left medallion is shown the Presentation, depicting Simeon as he cried out, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, . . . ." (Luke 2:29)
  • In the upper right medallion are the Wise Men, who have seen the Star in the East, setting out in search of the Christ Child, laden with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11)
  • Following this we see Joseph, having been warned in a dream, fleeing with Mary and the Christ Child into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13)
  • Jesus is seen in the Temple at the age of twelve, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. When his mother found him there he said, " . . . Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" (Luke 2:49)
  • In the last medallion, Jesus is shown in the carpenter shop being instructed by his father, Joseph, thus giving an example of filial obedience and the dignity of labor.

The inscription reads, "Glory to God; on earth peace and good will".

When the church building is completed this window will be moved to the west transept which will be the baptistry.


This window was Given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Nellie Parsons by a friend. Dedicated February 27, 1944.