Sunday, January 9, 2011

Windows of Faith

I've admired the windows in my church for years and decided to share them with my readers on Sunday. Each Sunday I will feature two stained-glass windows along with an explanation of each window. Previous windows can be viewed by typing "Windows of Faith" in the search box in the top left corner.


Star of Creation and Thistle windows

The six-pointed star, often called the Creator's Star, depicts the creation of the heaven and the earth. The name, Star of Creation, has reference to the last sentence of Genesis 1:31 - "And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." It should remind us of our Creator and is sometimes employed as an emblem of God the Father, the six points referring to his attributes: power, wisdom, majesty, love, mercy, and justice.

The thistle is often used to symbolize the Fall of Man and the consequent entry of sin into the world. When God cursed Adam for having harkened unto the voice of Eve, He said, "Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee."

The thistle is sometimes used in conjunction with a symbol of Redemption - reminding us that Christ, the Second Adam, has redeemed us from sin which the First Adam brought into the world by his disobedience.

2 comments:

  1. I have so enjoyed learing about your windows of faith....

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  2. Both are beautiful and I enjoyed learning the meanings. Your Foreign Friday was interesting, too - yes, we are so blessed.

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