Stained Glass Windows
Third Presbyterian Church

Chancel Window

Chancel Window

The theme of the window, made by Henry Lee Willet of Philadelphia, is Christian service. The central figure at the top is the compassionate Savior. Enclosed in the aureole of radiant light, He stretches out His arms to suffering humanity as He says, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." To the left is Luke, the beloved physician, writhing his gospel; to the right is Paul, dreaming his great vision of missionary opportunity in Macedonia. In the lancet top directly below the figure of our Lord, angels are shown holding up a yoke symbolic of His words "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

The other four lancet tops contain shields bearing symbols of the acts of Christian mercy: Taking fruit to the sick, giving a cup of cold water to the thirsty, bringing food to the famished, and visiting prisoners.

The five lancets of the window contain fifteen subject medallions illustrating the general theme of Christian service. The top medallions are taken from Luke's gospel and depict the Good Samaritan, the tenth leper who remembered to thank Jesus, the raising of Jairus' daughter, the healing of the Gadarene demoniac, and the sower scattering abroad the seeds of truth.

The remaining medallions are devoted to men and women who exemplified the teachings of Christ. In the center row are Robert Raikes, teaching the first Sunday School class in England; John Woolman, great American Quaker, who worked for the emancipation of slaves in the eighteenth century; St. Frnacis of Assisi, whose entire life was devoted to the poor, the lepers, and the outcast; George Williams, who in 1844 in England founder the Young Men's Christian Association; and Charles G. Finney, symbolizing the ministry of preaching, who conducted evangelistic campaigns in Rochester in 1830 at the invitation of Third Church, and profoundly affected the life of the community.

The bottom medallions show Dr. Winfred Grenfell at work in Labrador; Florence Nightingale, caring for the wounded during the Crimean War; Dr. Albert Schweitzer, attending a sick native in the heart of Africa; Jane Adams, founder of Hull House in Chicago, helping a poor child; and Walter Rauschenbusch, professor at Rochester Theological Seminary, through whose teaching of the social applications of Christianity many were led to a deeper understanding of the Gospel.

Dedicated May 11, 1952. Given in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Charles R. Barber by their family.

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Rochester, NY