Stained glass windows have been used since the gothic cathedrals of medieval Europe to tell Old Testament stories and the life and parables of Christ. These windows consist of a mosaic of morsels of colored glass held together by strips of grooved lead. We are very fortunate at Carmel to have a marvelous collection of windows which offers an uninterrupted story of Christ’s life and ministries. Our windows were designed and erected by The Willet Stained Glass Window Studio of Philadelphia.
The large Peace Window in the right transept conveys the theme of the world’s hope for Peace and is dedicated “to the glory of God and in recognition of the men and women who have loyally served their country.” Only the Christ who gave his life for the world can bring that gift to all. He is the Prince of Peace. The lancets and panels convey Bible scenes from the Old and New Testaments which reveal the spirit of sacrifice, forgiveness and love necessary to bring peace to the hearts of humankind. Prominently featured are representations of the Nativity.
Christian Service Memorial Window
is found in the left transept and dedicated in loving memory of those who have labored faithfully at Carmel in building Christ’s Kingdom. The theme of the window is found in the scripture, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) The upper half of the central lancet presents Christ risen from the open sepulcher and his body raised in blessing. The lower half shows Christ declaring his Great Commission, “Go ye and teach all nations.” (Matthew 28:19) Other panels portray Peter and Paul preaching, scenes from the Book of Acts and from the life of Paul.
The Aisle Windows
Window One – “Christ’s Baptism” Christ stands in the water as the Heavens open above him. He is flanked by John the Baptist on the left and the astonished onlookers on the right.
Window Two – “Call of the Disciples” The call of Nathaniel, Matthew, and the fishermen, Peter and Andrew
Window Three – “The Transfiguration” Jesus is transfigured on a high mountain, as Moses and Elijah talk with him. The disciples Peter, James and John are blinded and awed. Moses on the left holds a tablet of the Ten Commandments, and Elijah on the right is symbolized by the chariot of fire.
Window Four – “The Teaching Ministry” Lancets show the parable of The Good Samaritan, the Parable of the Mustard Seed, the Sower whose seeds fell among thorns and in good ground, the beggar waiting for crumbs from the table of the rich man, and the house built on sand and the house built on a rock.
Window Five – “The Healing Ministry” Portrayals of Christ healing the blind man, the woman who touched Christ’s robe and was healed by faith, Jesus healing Jairus’ daughter, the healing of the man sick with palsy inscribed with “Thy faith hath made thee whole,” and the demoniac being relieved of the devils which had possessed him.
Window Six – Christ Blessing Little Children” All three panels are devoted to the reference in Mark 10:14: “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.”
Window Seven – “The Preaching Ministry” Christ’s preaching work is conveyed in his talk with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, the Temple scene when Christ said to the Scribes and Pharisees “He that is without sin among you …”, Christ said to Nicodemus “Except a man be born again…”, Jesus in the home of Mary and Martha, Christ and the Rich Young Ruler, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle…”
Window Eight – “The Lord’s Supper”
Christ and the disciples are seated around the table, partaking of the last Passover. Also portrayed are a Passover scene from the Old Testament when the first-born of Egyptian families is destroyed, a Passion scene of the Entry into Jerusalem, and the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.