PRAISE

“Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.” These words of the Psalmist are almost hidden by a moving rhapsody of color and figures, and set the mood for the third stained glass window which was installed in the north wall of the nave of the church.

Since this window eventually brings to conclusion the glorious story of the faith and life of the Christian Church, it is appropriate that in the light of Christ's redemption and the heritage which we treasure in countless Christian lives, the spirit of exaltation and praise should be depicted. So the artist has emblazoned this theme by showing David, the sweet singer of Israel, and its noblest king, lifting up his voice and harp with gladness to God. His face is radiant and filled with hope and expectancy. We cannot help but follow his line of vision and our attention leaves the left lancet of the window and centers to the right upon the splendor of the figure of Christ, the fulfillment of Israel’s hope for a Messiah.

He is the true King of heaven and earth. All the longing for a Redeemer King and all joy in God are complete in Him, Who reigns in love, majesty and power. The words from St. Luke's Gospel sum up the theme: “And of His Kingdom there shall be no end.”

As in a symphony, the artist, Mr. Conrad Pickel, permits the various portions of the window to reflect this main theme of praise to God in Christ through every medium and talent of life and creation. The trumpet and the harp represent all the instruments of praise while below one sees Johann Sebastian Bach, the master of sacred music. Bach’s music often carried the superscription: “Alone to the glory of God.” John Milton represents poetry and literature dedicated to God. The colors, lines and columns stand for the best in art and architecture dedicated to the King of Beauty.

In the lower portion of the left lancet are flowers and birds surrounding St. Francis of Assisi, indicating nature praising God in the sanctuary and outside of it. As the glance sweeps upward and encircles both lancets of this window, one perceives the fire of the spirit glowing with light from God. And the moon and little cherubs all run their course in quietest exaltation with every known thing.

In a most gifted manner has the artist caught the rapture and adoration of praise by portraying two choirs which give a sense of celestial movement as they sweep through heaven and earth. There is the earthly chorus to which you and I belong. It is moving heavenward, and you feel that some great unseen power lifts the singers beyond themselves as they stand in ecstasy on their tiptoes. Then there is the choir of angels above them joining in homage and adoration to the enthroned Christ, as told in Revelation 7:11: “And all the angels stood around the throne and worshiped God.”

The world is held like a little globe in the hands of Christ the King. All things are within His dominion and power. So is your and my life. That is the reason for both praise and consecration of our lives to Him Who reigns forever. That is why a truly Christian life sings with praise as it sees God's glory in all things.

class=The right lancet shows the Prophet Jeremiah, and in the background the ruins of Jerusalem, destroyed by the king of Babylon. “How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow is she become, she that was great among the nations.” (Lamentations 1:1) But Jeremiah also brings a great word of hope: “For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, I will hear you.” (Jeremiah 29: 11

 

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