Lower Subject: Christ with the Little Children
Inscription: “Faithful Unto Death”
Dedication: In memory of Marshall Carter Hall
Maker/Date: Colgate Art Glass Co., New York, 1907
There are at least 3 scriptural reference with Jesus and the Children
3Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
14Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”15When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
13People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them
15People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Window as dedicated in October 1907 by W. L. Caldwell, a representative of the Colgate Art Glass Co came to St. Georges to dedicate the window. The window cost between $400 and $500 with the cost contributed by Sunday School. We know from previous contractor visiting St. George’s that Colgate went bankrupt in 1910
Daily Star wrote October 4, 1907 “It is a beautiful and appropriate tribute to his work in the Sunday School as it is to his high Christian character”
Like Tiffany these are double glaze windows
Marshall Hall (1/13/1843 to 3/17/1903) was a Superintendent of Sunday Schools for 38 years and druggist at J.B. Hall Sons Druggists with his brothers Horace B. & Robert R Hall His father was John B. Hall druggist on Caroline Street and Marshall was one of 7 children. John B. Hall served in the second church and there is a portrait of him in the Fredericksburg museum. Robert Rush Hall also served St. George’s.
Marshall served Braxton’s Battery in artillery in Civil War. They are related to the famous colonial doctor Benjamin Rush of Philadelphia – a Hall married Rush’s Aunt.
Best quotation on him in his obituary “Of him it can be truly said that he was a man of spotless, plainless character untouched by any form in vice or any sense of the word”
Upper Subject: Lamb
“Lamb of God” was a description of Jesus first used by John the Baptist . “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29)
1:Peter:20 “Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect”
1 Corinthians 5:7 Jesus is “our Passover lamb”
Jesus is seen as the sacrificial lamb going to his death but one that has triumphed. A lamb is sacrificed at the Jewish ceremony of Passover.
In the story of Exodus, God planned to compel Pharoah to release the people of Israel from slavery by killing the first born of each Egyptian household. He told the people of Israel to sacrifice lambs and use their blood to mark their doorposts so that by that sign God would know to pass over their homes and not take the first born.
Jesus died at twilight on Passover, the time God told the Israelites that lamb should be sacrificed (John 19:4/ Exodus 12:6).
Lamb often shown in a position of triumph, standing with its leg hooked around the pole of a flag made up of a red cross on a white background and topped with another cross
Lamb can be shown as lamb with fee tied showing the future sacrifice.
Lamb or ram appears in Jewish writing about the apocalypse at the end of time as the agent of God who would crush evil and save God’s people. In the book of Revelation, John saw a lamb and a book with 7 seals. When the lamb opened the seals, it ushered in the final apocalypse. Thus if a lamb is near a book from which 7 seals are shown, it is a reference to this event.