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 THE ST. PAUL WINDOW

 Written by:  J. Thomas Lewis, Rector

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The St. Paul Window at the rear of this Church, was designed and executed by the Whitefriar’s Stained Glass Studios, Wealdstone, Middlesex, England.  The original sketch for the window despicting the Conversion of St. Paul, Patron Saint of this Church, was made by the famous English artist, Colwyn Morris.  Mr.Liddell Armitage, chief resident designer of the 300 year old Whitefriar’s Glassworks, produced the window from this drawing. 

The window is the largest single figure in stained glass to be made by the Whitefriar’s Studios.  In 24 panels, it is a stylized figure of St. Paul, 16 feet high, 3 feet 6 inches wide in brilliantly rich colors, dominating a window 20 feet high by 7 feet wide.

Our Parish Committee on arts and memorials asked Mr. Armitage to incorporate in this window the rich colors seen in the beautiful Rose Window he also designed.  Accordingly the Saint wears a ruby red over-mantle and yellow robe against a blue background.  This huge and exciting figure has taken 18 months to complete from design stage to finished window.  The window sections weigh just less than a ton.  The glass was finished and shipped from England in December 1961.  It arrived in Salinas January 11, 1962.  The window was put in position by the Cummings Glass Studios of San Francisco and F. V. Hampshire Inc, Contractors, Salinas.

It is the hope of the rector that the inspiration expressed by Mr. Armitage in his description of the window will be felt by all who see its glory and that the missionary zeal of our Patron Saint will be imparted to all who gaze upon it.

The Artist views his own work -----

The design of the West Window in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Salinas, attempts to portray the tremendous personality and spiritual force of the great dynamic figure, Saint Paul.

The richness of his character is symbolized in the depth and variegated harmony of the colour, whilst the delineation of line work suggests both his strength and his vitality.

The abstract technique prevents concentration on material beauty alone and suggests the rhythm and power of the spiritual and unseen forces permeating the cosmos and developing the pattern of our daily lives.

In the panel at the base of the window we see the martyr’s crown and laurel realized on a background of the heavens above the homes of men.

In the main light St. Paul is shown pointing to the Almighty as the source of our being, from whom constructive strength and depth of inspiration alone can come.  “In confidence shall be thy strength”.  St. Paul is shown not as merely the stalwart crusading figure of a particular time and place, but also as a dominant and continuing force in a world of strains, stresses and immensities from which both the great and the humble can derive guidance and encouragement in their daily lives.  The sword of martyrdom lies on the ground at his feet in the terrestrial world.  Behind him, seen through the spiritual rays of enlightenment, the celestial city is glimpsed, seen as through a glass darkly.  In truth a window of this character can hardly be described.  Its truth, like its aesthetic qualities, must be seen and felt.  It should lead for a moment or so into the unseen and spiritual world, from which alone abiding truth descents.     

                                          ---- E. Liddell Armitage