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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, May 01, 1932, Image 84

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an infant he holds in his arms, while
two sponsors stand nearby. Other groups
of sacrament bosses, which have been or
will be carved, will center on the thought
of confirmation, holy matrimony, holy
orders, penance and unction.
COUTH choir aisle bosses symbolize the
^ seven gifts. The central boss of wis
dom and understanding shows the Child
Jesus among the doctors. Other groups
picturize counsel, spiritual strength,
knowledge, godliness and the spirit of
fear of the Lord, which is completed by
two ar.gels that welcome the Child of
God into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Light from the 65-foot stained-glass
window, believed to be one of the tallest
and most beautiful windows in any
cathedral, will fall upon the altar
through the richly colored glass in the
south wall. This three-storied gallery
of stained-glass pictures has for its text
that part of the Te Deum declaring, "The
Holy Church throughout the world doth
acknowledge Thee. * • * ” It tells the
story of Christianity through 20 cen
turies, portraying outstanding historical
figures and tracing the incidents of the
dissemination of Christianity throughout
the world from the earliest ages.
In the lower section of the window
events are recounted from the day of
Pentecost, when Peter is seen preaching,
up to the period of 1,000 A.D. The mid
dle section, covering the era between
1,000 A.D. and 1,600, shows the establish
ment of national liberty through the
Magna Charta, the starting of schools
and the spreading of knowledge. It pic
tures such famous figures as Gutenberg
and his printing press and King James,
who gave the world the first authorized
version of the Bible in English. In the
top section of the window two large
panels present the people of both hemi
spheres in the act of worship. In the
Eastern Hemisphere the Chinese, Japa
nese, Africans, Europeans, Arabs and
other racial types are shown. In the
Western Hemisphere Americans, Cana
dians, Indians, South Americans and
Eskimos look out fronj the colored glass.
Angels hold the maps of these hemi
spheres over the various peoples. Per
haps one of the most easily traced stories
of the window is that of the method by
which the teaching of Christianity has
been spread. In the lower panels of the
glass the visitor sees the camel caravan
and an oar-propelled galley used by the
evangelists of the first century as they
went about teaching the gospel. The
airplane and radio microphone in the
top of the window show the most mod
ern means of spreading the message of
salvation to all parts of the world.
Pilgrims to the Cathedral who will
look up to the high clere story windows
will see that the five windows on each
side of the choir are of amber glass. In
time to come the beautiful angel win
dows will be put in place there. It is
predicted that light streaming through
them will make the Washington Cathe
dral angel choir even more beautiful
than the famous angel choir of Lincoln
Cathedral. Bright red and yellow glass
will be leaded with blues, whites, purples
and greens in picturing the angel with
the flaming sword guarding the tree of
life, the an*"' h whom Jacob wrestled,
the angels ...... appeared to Abraham
and Lot, the angels that appeared at
the time of the birth of Christ, angels
that were with Him in the wildnerness,
angels who appeared at the time of the
resurrection and other pictures showing
these holy messengers in their offices for
humanity. Following the custom of the
. Middle Ages, the windows of the Cathe
dral are being supplied by the Cathe
dral’s own plant for making stained
glass in charge of Lawrence B. Saint, a
leading authority on glass and window
present it is not easy to realize
that the west end of the Cathedral,
where the main door will be when the
structure is completed, will be a tenth
of a mile from the front of the edifice.
Great services will eventually be held in
the finished building. The daily services,
however, will usually be attended by
smaller congregations. Then the various
chapels which are being completed will
be used, just as the Bethlehem Chapel in
the crypt has long been a place of wor
Each of the five chapels in the choir
section will add a distinctive beauty to
the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul,
which is the ecclesiastical name of the
Christian temple at Mount St. Albans.
The Chapel of St. John, on the south
side of the Cathedral, is a memorial to
Norman Prince, who founded the Lafay
ette Escadrille and gave his life on the
Chapel of St. John, presented by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. Prince of Boston in memory of their son, Norman Prince,
U'ho founded the Lafayette Escadrille and tms killed in France.
West Front in 1916. There he will be
entombed when brought from France.
The sculptured reredos of the chapel pic
tures in sacred memory the early man
hood of our Lord and His disciples.
Above the altar a radiant Christ par
takes of the last supper with His dis
ciples. Though this panel is designed
somewhat after the “Last Supper’’ by
Leonardi di Vinci, the composition is
original and shows the apostles as ap
pearing younger than in the Italian pic
ture. The main panel of the reredos
shows a bold carving of the crucifix,
with St. John on one side and the Blessed
Virgin Mary on the other, emphasizing
the devotion of St. John, the beloved dis
ciple. The four statues nearby portray
(upper left) Zebadee, the father of St.
John, who as a fisherman is shown with
his net; Salome (upper right), the
mother of St. John, who holds a cloth
in her hand, symbolical of having “min
istered to our Lord.” In the lower fig
ures St. John’s brother, St. James, is
portrayed, and Polycarp, Bishop of
Smyrna, St. John’s most distinguished
pupil, is pictured, recalling the fact that
he preached in the only one of the seven
cities mentioned in the Revelation of St.
John which is in existence today.
The four miracle windows in this
chapel are seemingly set with 28 me
dallions each of which pictures a miracle.
Visitors will have no trouble under
standing these representations of the
acts of the Savior. They readily see that
the stained glass brings to recollection
the healing of mind, body and soul in
all sorts of condition of men because
they had that one virtue, Faith. The
giving of sight to the man born blind is
told in picture and by the words, “I am
the Light of the World.” The incident
of the healing of the woman who
touched Christ’s garment is portrayed
with the declaration, “Thy faith hath
made thee whole.” Other pictures show
Christ healing the man sick of the palsy,
casting out devils and raising Lazarus
from the dead, as well as bringing to life
the only son of the widow of Nain.
/^\N the opposite of the nave the stone
altar of the Chapel of St. Mary has
been put in place. Its beautiful carved
wood reredos, which will be one of the
most impressive fn the Cathedral, has
not, however, been installed. This sculp
tured work of Ernest Pellegrini of Bos
ton, but of Italian birth and art train
ing, is said to be the finest of its kind
ever done in America. When this ivory
tinted masterpiece is gilded and poly
chromed by Joseph Gass Cowell and put
in place, it will stand out in distinctive
beauty before the congregations wor
shiping in the Chapel, which will have
a seating capacity of 400.
In the central section of this reredos
St. Mary, in the joy and dignity of
motherhood, holds the infant Savior
whose arms are outstretched in the form
of a cross. Carved groups show the An
nunciation where the Angel Gabriel ap
pears to Mary, Mary and Elizabeth, Mary
present at the marriage feast and the
scene in the upper room at Jerusalem
The Jerusalem Altar, or High Altar, which has been moved from a temporary
where the Mother of the Savior is in
company with the disciples after the re
turn from Calvary.
The parable windows of this Chapel
match the style of the miracle windows
on the opposite side of the Cathedral.
Their 18 medallions show such parables
as the Prodigal Son, the Shepherd who
sought his one lost sheep, the Good
Samaritan, the coming of the Bride
groom when the Wise Virgins had their
lamps burning and the foolish had no
oil, and others. These pictures bring to
mind Bible stories in which mortals still
find lessons for right living.
Though the Chapel of the Holy Spirit
has not yet been provided with its altar,
reredos or beautiful iron grill worship
ers may see where it will be placed at
the intersection of the choir and north
transcept. In its reredos a carved dove
universally symbolic of the Holy Spirit
will occupy a prominent position.
The Children s Chapel on the opposite
side of the Cathedral at the intersection
of the choir and south transcept is a
gift of Mr. and Mrs. Roland L. Taylor of
Philadelphia. It will be unique when
completed for the use for which it has
been built. Then this architectural unit
will be one of the two chapels in the
Cathedral world set apart for the use of
children. As its proportions permit a
smaller scale of design, there will be
much detail in the religious decorations
which will be understood by youthful
worshipers. Personages renowed for
their love and care of little children
have been selected from the Bible and
Christian history as the subjects for the
carvings of this chapel.
With about one-third of the Cathe
dral structure completed, there is much
real interest in what will be accom
plished in the future. From the many
plans which have been made several
objectives have been chosen for the next
work to be understaken as soon as funds
are available. If such substantial dona
tions are made in the future as have
been given in the past for memorials in
this most lasting of Christian monu
ments, work will progress rapidly at the
Washington Cathedral. Many patriotic
pilgrimages are being made to this na
tional religious project in this Bicenten
nial year because George Washington in
cluded the building of a national church
in the plans for the Capital City.
(Copyright. 1932.)
“'Albany Beef ” Is Sturgeon
SO-CALLED “Albany beef" is in reality the
flesh of the sturgeon which ascends the
Hudson River as far as the State capital of
New York. The flesh of the sturgeon is red,
which led to the applying of the term beef to it.

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