Sunday, February 20, 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.

The Lamp and The Holy Blessed Trinity windows

In the Book of Psalms states, "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." One of the most popular symbols for the Word of God is the Lamp. The significance of the lamp as a symbol of God's Holy Word is that the Bible is not some dark difficult book which ordinary people should not read, but it is a "light unto our path," clear enough for us to understand, pointing and showing the way to "salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."

In the Holy Scriptures, God has revealed Himself as the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, three distinct Persons in one divine Being. This symbol shown in the window is the most commonly used symbol of the Holy Trinity - the equilateral triangle with the trefoil. In this symbol, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost are represented as being equal parts of a triangle whose sides are equal. As the triangle would be incomplete without one side, so the Holy Trinity is incomplete unless we worship all Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The trefoil is a familiar emblem of the Trinity in modern Christian Churches. Sometimes this stands alone without the triangle. It is simply a modification of the three circles of equal size with the overlapping parts cut out.

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