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Christ Blessing a Child Window

Christ Blessing a Child (1920)

Inspiration for the Window
A disciple of Christ once unabashedly asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” The Gospel of Matthew, chapter 18, records that Christ called out to a small child and asked him to stand among them. He then said:

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

About the Window
Christ holds a dove and has the full attention of the boy. Black strips of came outline the folds in his gold robe and purple cloak (both royal colors). Came refers to slender bars, generally made of lead, that have grooves to bind one pane of stained glass to another. Came also is used to outline segments of the boy’s robe in blue, green and lavender glass. Note the mottled green of tree leaves and the matching colors of the two framing panels at the window’s base and top. Purple, blue and green glass surround the shield in the lower panel and provide background for the decorative gold minarets in the upper panel.

The window is signed in the lower left corner:  “Tiffany Studios, N. Y. 1920.”

The pane at the bottom of the window reads:

Who shall Receive one such
little child in my name
Receiveth Me    St. Matthew XVIII.5

Window Dedication:

  To the Glory and in  
April 30 1883 Loving Memory of Jan 7 1918
  Elizabeth Clarkson  

Window Restoration Plaque:

In Loving Memory of
Bertrand and Sara Snell
Their Daughter
Helen Snell Cheel
Window Restored 1986
 

Given in Memory of Elizabeth Clarkson
Frederica and Elizabeth ClarksonThe window was given in memory of Elizabeth Clarkson (1833-1918), the second child of Thomas and Elizabeth Clarkson (given names in that family were repeatedly passed on). Elizabeth was the sister of Frederica (of Path of Light Window) and Thomas Clarkson (The Good Shepherd Window), all of whom lived on Clarkson Hill and were buried in the Clarkson family vault in Bayside Cemetery. The cemetery can be seen from the shore in back of the church.

Undated photograph of sisters
Frederica Clarkson (1846-1909) and
Elizabeth Clarkson (standing, 1833-1918)
on the grounds of The Homestead on Clarkson Hill