From the Interim Rector 12/18
The Votes Are In!
Last Sunday, as a part of Consecration Sunday, the congregation voted on which of the 15 stained glass windows we have we should take with us to our new home. Each of the windows that we take will be removed from the church beginning next month and be professionally cleaned and restored so as to be installed in our new home. Plexiglas will be fitted into the openings after the stained glass has been removed.
Some of the windows of the church are quite old and were moved from the previous church.Built as the Church of St. John the Baptist in 1848 and located at Lexington and 35th, Epiphany and St. John the Baptist merged in 1893. In 1938 when our present building was built some of those windows were restored and installed here. These include the windows in the chapel, the Rose (round) Window in the Nave, and the window in the Galilee Room.Other windows where added to this building, including the mid-century modern blue/grey windows in the Nave as well as the Walker Window—the window in the small alcove to the left of the Altar. One of the ways we recognize our heritage as both the Church of the Epiphany and the Church of St. John the Baptist is to continue to carry forward memory traces of our former incarnations.Epiphany is unique in that in its 186 year history there have been five different buildings that have been our home. The move to 351 East 74th Street will be our sixth.
Based on the results from the vote we took on Sunday it is clear that the favorite window in the church is the Walker Window. It garnered the highest number of votes at 52 followed by the window in the Galilee Room dedicated to Sergeant Thomas A. Hergarty who was a member of this parish and was killed in World War I. Third were the set of 5 windows in the Chapel and fourth was the Rose Window on the south wall of the Nave. Close behind the Rose Window is the contemporary window of water lilies by the door to the ADA ramp. And bringing up the last of the votes were the tall lancet window in the Nave that matches the Rose Window and the 4 blue/grey windows on the north wall of the Nave—which still garnered between 20 and 30 votes each. Therefore, it is clear that each of the windows is significantly valued by enough people that we will want to preserve them and reinstall them in our new building.Therefore, soon after the New Year we will start saying goodbye to all of our windows as they are removed for restoration. We will see them again in the spring of 2021 when they will welcome us into our new home and bless us with their continued beauty and dignity.