Stained Glass Windows of St. Paul's Church
This window in the north transept was the gift in 1906 of Mrs. Albert Preston. It was erected in memory of Mary Ord Preston, 1851-1915, Frances Swan Preston, 1903-1905, and Albert William Preston, 1843-1883. The central figure is Religion Enthroned. The angels in armor with bared swords are the Church Militant. The angels carrying the cross and crown represent the Church Triumphant. Old pictures show an inscription in French which can be translated, "I have sent my angels to be witnesses."
The window was designed by Frederick S. Lamb (1863-1928) and made in the J. & R. Lamb Studios. It was exhibited at the International Exposition in Paris in 1900 where both the window and artist are said to have been awarded silver medals for achievement in ecclesiastical art.
Designed by John La Farge, this window was presented in 1902 as a memorial to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Drake-Smith by their children. Rich in coloring with its brilliant flowering trees, the scene is set at the entrance of the tomb. The group shown in the window consists of Mary Magdalene; Mary, the mother of James; and Salome, on the left. On the right of the entrance stand Simon Peter and John, with the stone rolled away from the door of the sepulcher. "And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came to the sepulcher at the rising of the sun . . . and when they looked, they saw the stone was rolled away: for it was very great." The Gospel, St. Mark XVI-1
This great window at the west end of the nave was given in 1915 as a memorial to Herbert Barber by his brother, James Barber. It and the wood carving on the frame and wall below were the work of the J. & R. Lamb Studios from designs by Frederick S. Lamb.
The window depicts St. Paul before Agrippa, Herod II (27-100 A.D.) in the governor's palace at Caesarea in the year 60 A.D. Agrippa was the seventh and last king of the house of Herod the Great. St. Paul had been imprisoned and his execution demanded by the priests of the Temple in Jerusalem. St. Paul was protected by the Roman governor, Festus, who is on Agrippa's right. Bernice, the king's sister, sits at the base of the steps leading to the throne. Acts XXVI tells the story of the confrontation of St. Paul and the king. St. Paul is presented as heroic in appearance and majestic in this window. However, an Asian presbyter wrote around 150 A.D. that Paul was "a man small in size, bald, bowlegged, sturdy, with eyebrows meeting and a slightly prominent nose."
Source: St. Paul's
Church Englewood, New Jersey 1865-1965 . . . And Onward