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church window symbolism

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The sanctuary and chancel windows reflect modern art. An interpretation is through lines and colors. The four small sanctuary windows on each side, looking first from the back to the front, symbolizes darkness to light. Each window becomes progressively lighter. Thus the concept of darkness to light to Christ the light of the world, depicted in the chancel window.

With our sanctuary facing toward the rising sun, what better word could be carried to the worshipping Christian than those uttered by our Lord, "I am the light of the world; he who believes in me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8:12).

The background of the window is blue, symbolizing the darkness that once was in the heavens. Small, yellow pieces of glass cause concentrated bursts of light to penetrate the darkness. Located in the background also are twelve red diamond shaped stars, symbolizing the twelve Disciples. Eleven are grouped in the upper half of the window. Another is lower and off by itself, symbolizing the Fallen Disciple.

In the upper right hand corner are concave lines, inclosing white, yellow, purple, and red colored glass. This larger concentration of light reflects the Eye of God, an early Christian symbol of God's presence, the Creator from whence come all things.

The two stabilizing rays of green, which flow down from the light of the Eye of God and pass through the blue heaves, finally resting on an even larger concentration of light, symbolizes God's grace on His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world.

Christ's suffering, death, and resurrection is symbolized here and in the large wooden cross which silhouettes the center of the light and illuminates the symbol of Christ. The Crown of Thorns and the Blood of Christ shed for our sins is symbolized in red colored glass, which encircles the large area of light.

The variegated stabilizing rays, which flow from the large area of light to the base of the window, symbolized the light under which we are born. Thus our open baptistery is located here to remind us of this new birth and our responsibilities as Christians to rise, go forth, and carry Christ's light into all our human relationships.

The west sanctuary windows depict the history of Central Christian Church and its Biblical background.

The south window reminds us of our rich heritage here in Weatherford with the establishment of this church by 65 persons of faith and vision in 1894. The artist reminds us of our humble beginnings in the first structure and also how the hand of friendship has always united us and our fellow man.

A mustard seed with a large tree over it reminds us that from small beginnings God can make something wonderful happen. The later structure on West Oak Street is readily identified and signifies years of growth for this congregation.

Finally at the top is the open Bible, the source book of our Christian faith, and the cross of self-sacrifice which is each Christian's role and duty.

The North window reads from top to bottom with symbols representing significant events in the life of our savior. The descendinq dove denotes God's special favor bestowed upon Jesus at his baptism.

The Greek letters Chi and Rho are the first letters of Christ, and the artist has placed them upon a rock reminding us of Peter's confession that Jesus was the Christ and Jesus' response that this confession would be the foundation stone for his church.

Two fish and a loaf help remind us of the young man who gave his lunch which our Lord blessed and was able to feed to the multitude.

A palm branch always reminds us of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the beginning of his last week on earth.

The chalice is our reminder of his cup of self-sacrifice to be poured out for many, while the butterfly symbolizes the resurrection and our eternal hope through Him.


However, there is more here than meets the eye at a glance. The artist's imagination stirs our emotions. He puts his message in the deft strokes of form and color. The large area of green in the South window denotes life - life for the individual and life for the church. The dominant red theme in the North window denotes royalty and also the sacrifice of our Lord for each of us.

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