The Redemption Window portrays the climax of our Lord's Passion and the central event in all human history. Our Lord is hanging on the cross, as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1: 29) The altar of His sacriﬁce is the cross, rendered in a glowing red to symbolize the blood shed on the cross, as well as our sins: Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow. (Isaiah 1: 18)
After the long spiritual and physical struggle, our Lord looks up to heaven and pronounces His last words: “Father, into Thy hands I commit My spirit.” (Luke 23: 46)
In this tragic hour on Calvary, Christ preserves His dignity as the Son of God. The great suffering was not able to break Him down, because He laid down His life of His own accord. (John 1: 17) The willingness to surrender His will to the Father’s is depicted in the scene in the upper left, which shows Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Father if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me, neverthe- less not My will but Thine be done.” (Luke 22: 42)
Beside the cross we see Mary, the Savior’s mother, supported in her sorrow by St. John, the beloved disciple. In their suffering they stand together because Jesus has just said to them: “Woman, behold thy son ... [and] behold thy mother.”
Extraordinary events of nature accompany the death of our Lord: the sun is darkened and lightning strikes from heaven.
Under the cross of Christ, we see two smaller crosses with the malefactors who were cruciﬁed with Him. The one on the right is collapsed in despair, while the other on the left is looking up in confidence to Jesus. He says, “Jesus, remember me when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom.” His word, “Remember me,” is used as the inscription of the window.
Through Christ's death on the cross we have regained the grace of the Father. This thought is illustrated by the parable of the prodigal son, shown in the lower section on the left. The repentant son, having wasted his substance, is returning to his father, who receives him with open arms. In the background we see the house with the open door. On the left we see the other son, who had never left his father's house, working in the field. When we return from the far country of our sin, God the Father welcomes us home.