The stained glass windows at Calvary Presbyterian Church depict scenes of the life and times of Jesus Christ. These windows surround the sanctuary at 120 South Street, Newburgh, New York. Our tour of the windows, starts from the southwest corner of the church, along the south wall to the east, then on the north wall from the west to the east. We hope you enjoy this closer look at the treasures we share at Calvary.
|The first window on the south wall depicts the “Call of Peter and Andrew” as told in Matthew 4:18-20. In the circle above is the scripture quotation “Follow Me. I will make you fishers of men.” Pictured is the shore of the Sea of Galilee with the outline of a mountain in the background. In the panel on the right, the Lord is portrayed with welcoming hands extended toward the panel on the left. Here are represented two disciples, Peter and Andrew with fishnets on the shore by their feet and a ships mast and rigging are behind them. The inscription at the bottom of the window is “In Memoriam -Moses Cook Belknap – February 2nd. 1832 – October 3rd 1892.”|
|The next window, moving toward the back of the church, is a depiction of the “Annunciation to the Virgin” as told in the first chapter of Luke. The scripture quotation in the circle above reads “My soul doth magnify the Lord.” In the panel on the left, the angel is telling Mary of the favor she has found with God and of the forthcoming birth of the Divine Son. In the other panel Mary is shown, surprised by the appearance of the angel and by her announcement. The inscription at the bottom reads “In loving memory of Charles B. and Anna M. Armstrong by their daughter Harriet E. Barclay.”|
|The third window shows the visit of “Jesus with Nicodemus”, told about in the third chapter of John. In the circle above is the scripture quotation “Ye must be born again.” The visit takes place at night, and the full moon is shown in the sky. You will also notice an ancient lamp hanging in the room. Christ is portrayed on the left panel and on the right is Nicodemus listening to His instructions. The inscription at the bottom is “In memory of Charles B. Royce, his wife, Ellen Brett, and their daughter, Alletta Bogardus Royce.”|
|The fourth window on the south side of the sanctuary represents the “Miraculous Catch of Fishes” as recorded in the fifth chapter of Luke. In the circle at the top is the quotation “Fear not: from henceforth thou shall catch men.” The panel on the right shows the three disciples, Peter, James and John, in their fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee. They are straining to pull in a net filled with fish. In the opposite panel is Jesus, having told them to cast the net on the other side. The inscription at the bottom of the picture is “In memoriam George Thomas Smith and Augusta Jordan, his wife.”|
|The window nearest the back of the sanctuary on the south wall includes full-length portraits of the “Apostles John and James.” The scripture quotation in the circle above reads “He that loveth not, knowth not God. for God is love.” Both apostles are portrayed in the conventional way, John with a chalice in his hand, and James with a staff. At the bottom of the window is the inscription: “In loving memory of Mary Ann Johnes, wife of Samuel Williams, Esq. given by her granddaughter. Mary Forsyth.”|
|We now start at the front of the sanctuary on the north wall. The first window here tells of the meeting of “Jesus and Martha” as she ran out of the house to meet Him after the death of her brother Lazarus. The scroll over the head of Christ reads “I am the Resurrection and the Life” and the scroll over Martha’s says, “Thou are the Christ, the Son of God.” In the circle above the window there is a cross with conventional tracery in rich color. It was given by Dr. Henry D. Nicoll in memory of his mother. At the bottom of the window on one panel is the inscription “1815 Arietta Nicoll. 1895” and on the other the words “So he giveth his beloved sleep|
|Continuing toward the east, the next window is the scene in the temple when a youthful “Christ Confronted the Rabbi,” as told in the second chapter of Luke. The circle above shows the scripture quotation “Wist ye not. I must be about my Father’s business?” The window depicts the columns of the temple, with the hill and sky beyond. In the left panel is the young Christ and standing behind him is a Rabbi with a look of astonishment. In the other panel, are three more Rabbis all with similar looks of surprise. The inscription at the bottom is “In loving memory of Eleanor Mackie and-Margaret Sewell, daughters of William K. and Anna B. Hall”|
|The third window on this side is the “Adoration of the Magi” as recorded in the second chapter of Matthew. In the circle is the inscription “We are come to worship Him.” The picture in left panel is that of the Virgin Mary with the Child in her arms, and in the right panel are the three Wise Men bringing their gifts and falling down in worship before Him. Behind them is the framework of the stable, the outline of the back of a camel and in the distance the skyline of a hill. The inscription at the bottom of the-window is “In memory of John Schoonmaker and his wife, Mary A. Vail, by their grandsons, John and Samuel V. Jr.”|
|The next window represents “Jesus as the Good Shepherd,” from the tenth chapter of John. In the circle above the window is the inscribed with “I am the Good Shepherd.” The scene is a landscape with a cross in the distance. On the left is the figure of the Christ with a lamb in His arms and on the right, a flock of sheep descending a hill, following Him. The inscription at the bottom reads: “As a memorial to Helen Thornton by her children and grandchildren.”|
|The fifth window on the north side shows two apostles, “Peter and Paul.” The scriptural quotation in the circle states “Commit thy ways unto the Lord.” On the left is the full-length figure of the apostle Paul and on the right, the apostle Peter. At the bottom of this window appears “In memoriam. Robert Hawthorne Boyd” and “In memoriam Catharine Lansing Boyd.”|
|The window that is in the northeast corner of the sanctuary, depicts the “Resurrection of Christ” by showing the women at the tomb on Easter morning, as recorded Mark, the sixteenth chapter. The scriptural quotation in the circle reads “He is risen. He is not here.” The picture is of the opening of a tomb illuminated by the angel in the right panel. She sits on the stone which was rolled away from the tomb, her forefinger pointing upward. The panel on the right shows three women bearing their offerings of sweet spices for the anointing. The inscription at the bottom of the window reads “In loving memory of Bessie, daughter of George and Sarah E. Field.”|
|Window given by the members of the church to recognize the twenty-seven years of loving service to Calvary Presbyterian Church by the Reverend Carlos R. Lantis on his retirement. The newest addition to our stained glass windows is in the Narthex. This window was given by the members of the church to recognize the twenty-seven years of loving service to Calvary Presbyterian Church by the Reverend Carlos R. Lantis on his retirement on September 28, 2003. The windows was created by church member Sue Young and is a recreation of one of the many hand colored bulletin covers Rev. Lantis created during his years at the church.
Interpretation of this art as written by Rev. Carlos Lantis:
“Beauty is a concept that describes the look of something, but on a deeper level defines quality and feeling. Once identified as a feminine characteristic, the late 50’s, early 60’s put “beautiful” into the masculine vocabulary. Guys talked of another man as a “beautiful person!” Now, it is not uncommon to hear a grandfather describe his grandson as “beautiful” no matter what the child looks like. Ecclesiastes 3 says God has made everything “beautiful in its time.” It is for us to behold the beauty in all things great or small “for the Lord, God, has made them all.” The sunflower has become a popular symbol of brightness and beauty. The transformation of the butterfly is often a sign of promise and pleasure. And, the baby’s hand reaching out stirs a response in all who grow with the joys and needs of each child among us, reminding us to appreciate the child still within us. We are told to be as little children. to trust the secure hand of God that holds us – our source, provider, guide and encouragement.”
|The memorial above the pulpit was given in loving memory of Eliza Raynor, wife of J. Adriance Bush; she died January 30, 1884, at the age of 27. It is created in pure white Italian marble, which compliments the exquisite colors of the stained glass.
The lovely Rose Window shows Jesus visiting the home of Mary and Martha and their brother Lazarus in Bethany. At the top, and angle is holding the crown of Victory. Angels in the town upper semi-circles represents Worship through Music, one holds a zither and the other a violin. The lower left angel holds a scroll reading “Law, Alpha and Omega.” the scroll of the angel on the lower right reads “In the Beginning was the Word.” In the bottom semi-circle, the angel with two writing quills represents the importance of Scripture as the Word. The sculptured head on the left below the Rose Windows is “Vita” (life) with a trumpet; and to the right “Mors” (death) with a scythe. The letters in the circles are Alpha and Omega (first and last letters of the Greek alphabet) meaning that “God is the beginning and the end of all things” from, Rev. 1:8. God is eternal. The jar of lilies on the left represents Peach, and the jar of roses on the right are for he Beauty of Christ.
|In the north side of the addition is a beautiful window which was removed from Calvary Presbyterian Church on Liberty Street and installed in this building. The picture represented in the is window is of the Cross embellished with the Crown of Thorns. Underneath the Cross are depicted clusters of grapes on vines and the inscription around the windows reads: “I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit for without me ye can do nothing.” It is given in loving memory of Peter Ward, born September 30, 1827, died May 10, 1891 and Mary Hannah Logan Ward, born December 5, 1828 and died April 19, 1888.|
|The pattern-glass window to the rear of the south aisle was donated by Frederick Withers and contains an upper-circle with a fancy W.|
|Clearstory windows, which consist of foiled circles set in deep reveals and run the length of the nave arcade are original. They alternate in five and six-point star patterns for Old Testament star of David and New Star of Bethlehem.