As you sit facing the altar, look to your right and you will see a colorful lineup of stained glass windows, also known as “The Lord’s Prayer Windows”. Last fall, Mother Kate included the first window (Our Father) in one of her sermons, and there has been interest in knowing more about the rest them. The next window is called Thy Kingdom Come.
Beginning at the top of the window you first find a dove carrying an olive branch, representing the covenant of Noah. Just below it is a castle in a cloud which depicts the new Zion. In the center is an image of the Good Samaritan (a parable from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 10, vs. 25-37). Below it is a chalice (the blood of Christ, the cup of salvation), and an image of Christ praying on the Mount of Olives (Thy will be done, Luke 22:42). The window is framed by fleurs de lys, which represents Mary, the new Eve.
Stay tuned for more descriptions of our beautiful stained glass. If you would like to get a head start on learning about all the glass, please contact the church office to obtain a copy of A Guide to the Stained Glass Windows of Saint James’ Episcopal Church Los Angeles. The original guidebook began about 1980, and was written by the Rev. Mark Lieske. Since then, many of St. James’ members have contributed to bringing it to its current edition, namely: Wills Beigel (deceased), Emily Maverick, Mary Maverick, Doug Seifert, Heidi McLean, the Rev. Canon Aidan Koh, John Daum (deceased), Karen White, Mike Lyons, and Mary Nichols. Sandra Lee was instrumental in creating the new design and getting the book printed. We are extremely thankful to everyone for the many hours of time and money it took to make this book possible.
Printed copies are available for a suggested donation of $20 (to fund the upkeep of the windows) or you may receive an electronic pdf, free of charge. Contact the church office at 213-388-3417.