The Beatitude Window (1944)

Quick Facts

MEMORIAL TO: William George Logan (1831–1920), Mildred Tapp Arnold Logan (1834–1922)

GIVEN BY: Their daughter, Frances Mariah Logan (1854–1946)

DESIGNED BY: Charles J. Connick (1875–1945)

FABRICATED BY: Charles J. Connick Studios, Boston, Massachusetts

INSTALLED: September 1944

DEDICATED: September 24, 1944

Symbolism

  • This window is broadly based on an etching by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, which was a favorite of Frances Logan.
  • Christ is shown youthful and vital, framed in a vesica piscis, or fish shape.
  • Rays of light suggest His powerful and gracious influence.
  • The presence of the children recalls Christ’s gentleness and His love for children, as well as Frances Logan’s fondness for young people.
  • The groups within the vesica piscis represent those who heard the Sermon on the Mount. Their number recalls the eight beatitudes.
  • Two standing figures flanking the vesica piscis are a woman representing humility, left, and a man representing destitution, right. The other eight figures on the inner border represent specific beatitudes.
  • Clusters of grapes form the outer border and are interwoven throughout the window. They remind us of the various uses of this image by Jesus, including mentions in I John 15 of Christ as the Vine. This sets up the entire theme of the window, which is the blessed ministry of Christ.

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