The Meaning of the Campanile Windows
The Campanile Windows serve as an artistic interpretation of the central symbols in the Seal of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
The Celtic Cross – The cross is our reminder of the unmerited love and grace of Jesus Christ, as his life was given for us upon the cross. Because it is empty, it also reminds us that death could not hold Jesus, that he vanquished death and sin and in him, we are promised life eternal. The circle around the cross helps us remember that the Lord our God is One God – the Celtic cross has long been a symbol treasured by Presbyterians.
The Descending Dove – We think of the Holy Spirit wherever we read of a dove in Scripture. The olive branch points us to the salvation of Noah and his family at the time of the flood. When John baptized Jesus in the River Jordan, Jesus saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove—and a voice from heaven, “Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.” – Mark 1:10 & 11
The Open Bible – is central to our worship and the Christian life. We look to God’s written word, believing all Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness. – 2 Timothy 3:16
The Chalice of Communion – Points us toward the Upper Room, where Jesus took the cup, and after giving thanks, gave it to his disciples. As we share the cup, we remember Christ, are blessed by His self-oblation, and look to the heavenly banquet He promises.
The Burning Bush with Tongues of Fire – When God spoke to Moses from the burning bush, he commissioned Moses to go and act according to God’s Word. Throughout the history of the church, the burning bush has come to represent the ardor of the faithful, as they commit themselves to doing the Lord’s ministry and mission.
The Campanile Windows are an original design by Piercey Studios, Orlando, Florida