In the upper section, the figure is Christ appearing at the End of Days; it is “the sign of the Son of Man” appearing in the heavens in power. Christ is portrayed with signs of power – a crown and scepter – and with stars falling in a background of darkness, because no sun, nor moon, shall shine in that day.
Immediately after the distress of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken. Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.”
The lower section shows the three Graces – Faith, Hope and Love - portrayed as three women, as was the custom in the Victorian Age. The woman on the left has her hands folded in prayer and her eyes lifted toward heaven. She represents Faith. The woman on the right is holding a cross in her left hand, with her right hand over her heart. She represents Hope.
The woman in the center, holding the children, represents Love. She is looking down at the lilies of the field. Below in the darkest corner of the window is another child, lost in the darkness. Love is reaching down to raise that child up into the Light.
These three graces, Faith, Hope and Love, are eternal. When all else passes away, faith, hope and love will still live, still exist, still abide. Everything else in life will pass away, but faith and hope and love will remain. Our bodies may turn back to dust, but the faith and hope and love we have known and shared in the Lord Jesus Christ will never ever pass away. Focus your life on those things which are eternal, and you need never be anxious ever again.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13
The King Window was dedicated in memory of Robert Hays King (1814-1895), Anna Duff King (1815-1849) and Mary Pauley King (1824-1859).