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Our Stained Glass Windows at Hoge

I found some information on our windows in a piece written on May 30, 1954. Our windows were designed and installed by Mr.Russell S. Heizer and associates of Westerville, Ohio. Mr. Heizer also designed and installed windows in several other churches in Ohio. Some of the others were Grace Methodist Church in Washington Court House, the McKendree United Methodist Church in Columbus and St. John's United Church of Christ in Genoa, Ohio.

The windows in the east transept is in reality the Memorial Window, with figures of John Calvin and James Hoge. The Presbyterian Church with its form of organization and doctrine, traces its beginning to Calvin, who in turn founded his teachings and church government on the teachings and practice of the early church. Dr. James Hoge, after whom our church is named, was the first Christian missionary to this area. he began his work in Franklinton, a small community on the west side of the Scioto River in 1803, and stayed on as minister of the First Presbyterian Church for ore than fifty years. This window is the gift of Mrs. Martha Foster Copeland, a descendant of Dr. Hoge.

A number of the usually accepted Religious Symbols will be found on the wood trim, the stone and in the windows throughout the building. "From time to time an interpretation will be run in the bulletin to acquaint our worshipers with their meaning and use". The letters IHS found on the front of the alter and in other places represent the first three letters (iota, eta, sigma) of the Greek word for Jesus.

Meaning of symbols in the Chancel Window: The central figure of Christ represents the Ascension, symbolizing victory over death. The three-rayed Nimbus surrounding His head signifies divinity and is used only with any person of the Trinity. Rays of light were ancient emblems of divine power. The open book symbolizes the Word of God. The two Greek letters are Alpha and Omega, the first and last letters in the Greek Alphabet. This is based on chapter 1 verse 8 in the Book of Revelation. The hand at the top of the left window represents the Hand of God raised in benediction. The Lamb reclining on the Book of the Seven Seals represents Christ. This is based on the Book of Revelation 5:1. The reclining position indicates He is the Wounded Lamb. The Dove is the symbol of the Holy Spirit. Those symbols also represent the Trinity. The smaller scenes are from the life of Christ in the Temple at the age of 12, the Baptism in the River Jordan, Gethsemane scene and the Last Supper.

The window in the west transept is referred to as the Stewardship Window. Symbols and scenes representing preaching, teaching, the medical profession, labor, arts, crafts, transportation and agriculture signify that all of life and service should be dedicated to God. The figure of Christ in the center and the feet washing scene below is highlighted by the words in Matthew 10:28: "The son of man...came to serve."

The carving in front of the pulpit representing the open Bible with a sword drawn through is the usual insignia of St. Paul, the "Apostle to the Gentiles.: "Spiritus Gladius" ("Sword of the Spirit") refers to the Word of God.

Meaning of Symbols in the west nave windows: The winged creatures are the accepted symbols for the four Gospel writers. The winged creature with a man's face represents Matthew because his Gospel narrative traces Jesus'' human genealogy. The Lion stands for Mark because his Gospel begins with, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, " and this suggests the roar of a lion. The head of an ox is the accepted symbol for Luke. The ox is the animal of sacrifice, and Luke stresses the message and meaning of the Cross. The high soaring eagle is the emblem of John, In his narrative he rises to loftiest heights in dealing with the divine nature of Jesus.

The large three lancet window facing the street is a very colorful window of pure design and is illuminated softly each night by spotlights mechanically controlled. In reading this last statement about the lighted window keep in mind these words came from the beginning of the church at this site. 

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