New Testament Top

The tracery of the New Testament window designed for the Episcopal Church of Saint Peter and Paul, Marietta Georgia, will depict imagery from the apocalyptic Book of Revelation. An image of the descending dove, symbolizing the Holy Spirit, is featured in the upper most panel. Jesus Christ, ‘the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of earth’ has been represented by two of the earliest symbols employed in Christian art: the Agnus Dei seen lying upon the Book of Seven Seals and the ancient monogram of a cross superimposed above the first and last letters of the Greek Alphabet, Alpha and Omega, signifying that he is the beginning and the ending. Next, we find the Chi Rho placed before an image of the earth surrounded in clouds. The central panel features a winged angel flanked by clouds, beneath a rainbow. This trio suggests Revelation 10: 1, ‘And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire.’ Next, the ‘pure river of water of life’ surrounds the Tree of Life, taken from Revelation 22: 2, baring twelve fruits and leaves for the healing of nations. Finally, the four winged creatures mentioned in the fourth chapter of Revelation- the winged man, the winged lion, the winged calf and the eagle- each placed before an open book, signify the Four Evangelists.

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