The Savior’s Passion

thesaviorspassionLeft Window Pane

The three panels, or lancets, in this group are identified as the Savior’s passion. They show Jesus in His role as the Suffering Servant of God.

In this panel He stands at the table at the Jewish feast of the Passover. He blesses the bread and wine and prepares to distribute the meal to his disciples. It was not artistically feasible to include all twelve disciples in a window of this size and dimension without destroying either balance or symmetry. For this reason, the four disciples included are not identified. However, it is traditional to consider the yong one as John.

Secondary symbols in this panel are grapes at upper left and wheat at lower right. These are the natural forms of the bread and wine. The pitcher, basin, and towel in the lower panel were used by the Master to wash the feet of His disciples. This was a humble service as well as an act of loving hospitality.

Center Window Pane

After the last Supper Jesus took with Him Peter, James, and John. They went to the Garden of Gethsemane to commune with God the Father in prayer. Jesus’ prayer of resignation to the Father was to take away the cup of suffering “Nevertheless, not what I will, but what Thou wilt.”

This is the cup which is used as a secondary symbol in the upper left of the lower panel. While He was in the Garden Judas led a company of soldiers carrying swords and lights to capture Jesus. Ropes, torches and a lantern are seein in the border.

In the scuffle that followed Peter seized a sword and cut off the ear of the High Priest’s servant Malchus. This is another secondary symbol in the upper right border. The whip with which Jesus was scourged is in the lower right border.

When Peter denied Christ, a cock crowed three times. Now the cock is a universal symbal for the sins of all humanity which are in constant denial of Christ.

Right Window Pane

Jesus is shown on the Cross accompanied by Mary, His mother, and His beloved disciple, John. Behind Jesus is a Centurion guard.

The symbol in the lower panel is an IHS encircled by the crown of thorns. At the upper left is the Pelican in her piety feeding her young with blood from her own breast. This symbolizes Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross, as does the Lamb of God seen at the top right of the lower panel. A hammer and nails are on the right. Jesus’ seamless robe and the dice with which the soldiers cast lots is on the left.