Little Rock Baptist Church Stained Glass Windows
Creator: Little Rock Baptist Church
Subjects: Stained Glass Windows, Corporate Records
Description: Detailed information concerning the stained glass windows of the church.
Original Format: Other
Contributor: Carlton Rolle
Transcript: The windows are the largest installation of hand blown stained glass in the Detroit metropolitan area in the last two decades. They contain ...
- over 1,500 square feet of hand blown stained glass.
- over 13,000 individual pieces of hand blown glass. No two pieces are the same.
- over 3,000 pieces of glass that were hand painted and kiln fired. These include heads, feet, robes, symbols and lettering.
- 65% of glass from the Blenco Glass Company, Milton, West Virginia.
- 35% of hand blown glass from France and Germany.
- over 1,600 pounds of lead.
- over 110 pounds of solder.
It took more than 3,500 man hours to design and create the windows.
SANCTUARY WINDOWS 1992
A. African-American Pulpit 1990
B. Ministries of the church 1990
Stations of the Cross
C. First and second stations 1990
D. Third and fourth stations 1990
E. Fifth and sixth stations 1990
F. Seventh station 1990
G. Resurrection/fifteenth station 1990
H. Eighth station 1990
I. Ninth and tenth stations 1990
J. Eleventh and twelfth stations 1990
K. Thirteenth and fourteenth stations 1990
L. George Washington 1932
M. Abraham Lincoln 1929
The Twelve Apostles
THREE CHAPEL WINDOWS, EACH LEFT TO RIGHT
N. 1) Thomas - spear, carpenter's square
2) Top: Bartholemew - flaying knives
Bottom: Simon - fish, bible
3) Matthias - battle axe, text
O. 1) Philip - cross, two loaves of bread
2) Top: Jude - sailing vessel
Bottom: James the Less - saw
3) Matthew - money bags
P. 1) Peter - keys
2) Top: Andrew - X shaped crucifix
Bottom: James the Greater - escallop shells
3) John - chalice and serpent
Q. Suffer Little Children 1928
THE SOUTH WALL PULPIT WINDOW
The African-American Pulpit
Portraits listed from foreground to background.
1. Rev. Richard Allen, Founder of the African-American Church
2. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Social Gospel
3. Rev. Jesse Jackson, Economic Gospel
4. Rev. C.L. Franklin, Premier Pastor
5. Rev. Jim Holley, Present Pastor
6. Man of Infinity, Future Pastors
Globe: Symbolizes the national and worldwide significance of the African-American leaders.
Red Cross: Symbolizes universal Christianity.
THE SOUTH BALCONY WINDOW
Symbols: Represent the Ministries of out Church.
1. Dove - Holy Spirit
2. Heart - Love
3. Shackles - Jail Ministry
4. A (Upside-down horseshoe) - The Word
5. Male Figure with Raised Hands - Healing
6. Scales of Justice - Human Rights Advocacy
7. Bread - Feeding
8. Shoes - Shoes and Clothing Ministry
LUKE 4:18, Jesus said:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised."
SANCTUARY WINDOWS - NINE WINDOWS
NORTH, SOUTH AND WEST WALLS
The Stations of the Cross
1st Station: Jesus is condemned to death - Mark 14:61-64
2nd Station: Jesus takes up his cross - John 19:14-17
3rd Station: Jesus falls the first time - Matthew 27:32
4th Station: Jesus meets his afflicted mother - John 19:25-27
5th Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross - Mark 15:20-22
6th Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus - Matthew 25:37-40
7th Station: Jesus falls the second time - Mark 15:21
8th Station: Jesus comforts the women of Jerusalem - Luke 23:27-28
9th Station: Jesus falls a third time - Luke 23:26
10th Station: Jesus is stripped of his garments - Matthew 27:34-35
11th Station: Jesus is nailed to the cross - John 19:18
12th Station: Jesus dies on the cross - John 19:30
13th Station: Jesus is taken done from the cross - John 19:33-34, 38
14th Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb - Matthew 27:59
15th Station: The Resurrection of Jesus - Mark 16:1-6
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The road which Jesus followed from the judgment seat of Pilate, to the Cross of Calavary, is known as the Via Dolorosa or Sorrowful Way. Certain spots where our Lord stopped along this way are called "Stations". Over the centuries, more and more people traveled to Jerusalem to retrace Jesus' steps to Calvary, station by station. These Christian crusaders were easily identified by the crosses they wore on their outer tunics.
The Catholic Church attached indulgence to this pilgrimage in the Middle Ages. Later the Church made the same indulgences available to people who could not travel to Jerusalem but who made the pilgrimage in spirit, wherever they lived, with the help of images representing the holy places of the Via Dolorosa. The images, like the places they represent, are called Stations. The act of piety which consists of moving prayerfully from station to station, in sequence, is called making the Stations of the Cross.
All that is necessary for a station is a wooden cross. However, most Catholic Churches also have a picture or statue which will help the mind to concentrate on the particular incident from Christ's passion commemorated at each station.
The stations do not necessarily have to be in a church. Some stations are out of doors or on cloister walls.
One makes the Way of the Cross by passing the succession before each of the fourteen stations and stopping, however briefly, to meditate on the passion of the Christ at each one. The stations may be made alone, or in the company with others. A priest usually leads group devotions.
The church began to grant indulgences to pilgrims visiting the holy places in the Middle Ages, chiefly at the request of the Franciscans, to whom the care of the shrines of the Holy Lands were entrusted in 342. The first to use the term "station" in referring to these shrines was an English pilgrim named, William Wey (1428). In 1505, Peter Sterchx, a Belgian, published his Cruysgang ("Way of the Cross"), which did much to popularize the devotion. This book has become the official basis for the Stations of the Cross as they are today. The present order of the first 12 Stations is that of Adrichonius, a Dutchman whose classical manual, Via Crucis ("Way of the Cross") was published in 1584. The number of stations varied from eleven to thirty-seven until 1731, when Pope Clement XII fixed the number at fourteen.
A Fifteenth Station of the Resurrection was added by the Second Vatican Council, since the Passion of Christ is meaningless unless the Resurrection is kept in mind.
The great apostle of the Stations of the Cross was the Franciscan, St. Leonard of Port Maurice (d. 1751). He personally erected the stations in at least 571 places in Italy.
In the Holy Land, it is an Eastertide tradition for Christians to retrace the steps of Jesus as outlined by the Stations of the Cross.
THE NORTH WALL - THREE CHAPEL WINDOWS
The Twelve Apostles
Symbols are listed left to right, top to bottom.
1. St. Peter (Silver Keys). Because he felt unworthy to die as had Christ, St. Peter requested that his cross be converted so that he might look Heavenward as he was crucified. Silver keys are of the Kingdom of Heaven.
2. St. Andrew (X-shaped Crucifix). St. Andrew was crucified on an X-shaped cross known as the saltore or St. Andrew's cross.
3. St. James the Greater (Escallop Shells). He was the first of the disciples to go on missionary journey. The escallop shells refer to pilgrimage.
4. St. John (Chalice and serpent). A poisoned chalice was offered to St. John, the "Beloved Apostle" in an attempt made on his life.
5. St. Philip (Cross and Two Loves of Bread). It was for St. Philip that Christ addressed his remark concerning the feeding of multitude (St. John 6, 7).
6. St. Jude (Sailing Vessel). The sailing vessel represents the Church, which St. Jude carried to many ports as he journeyed as a missionary.
7. St. James the Less (Saw). St. James was cast down from multiple from a pinnacle of the temple in Jerusalem, stoned and sawn asunder by the Jews.
8. St. Matthew (Money Bags). The money bags refer to the occupation of St. Matthew before he was called to follow Christ. He was a tax gatherer known as Levi.
9. St. Thomas (Spear-Carpenter's Square). The patron of builders. He is said to have built a church with his own hands in East India. The spear refers to the instrument of his martyrdom.
10. St. Bartholomew (Flaying Knives). Believed to be a missionary in Armenia and India. He is said to have been flayed alive and crucified.
11. St. Simon (Fish-Bible). The companion of St. Jude on many missionary journeys, St. Simon was known as the great fisher of men through the power of the Gospel.
12. St. Matthias (Battle-Axe). Chosen to replace Judas Isacariot, St. Matthia served as a missionary in Judaea, where he is said to haven been stoned and beheaded.