Neville Window

The upper section depicts the great multitude of the heavenly host without number, with palm branches and symbols of God’s might and power mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’             

 

Revelation 7:9-10

 

Notice that the saint on the right has removed the crown from his own head.

The 24 elders ... lay their crowns before the thrown of God and say, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.   

 

Revelation 4:10-11 

The FPCP history books state that the lower section of the Neville window depicts the story of the raising of Jairus’ 12 year old daughter from the dead. Jairus was one of the rulers of the synagogue in Galilee, who fell on his knees and pleaded with Jesus to come place his hands on his daughter so she would be healed and live. Jesus is accompanied by Peter, James and John. Messengers came to report that the girl had died. The crowd mocks Jesus, but He says to Jairus, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” Jesus went into her room and took her by the hand saying, “Little girl, I say to you: get up!” Immediately she stood up and began to walk around.

 

The window portrays the amazement of the crowd and the joy of Jairus seated beside his now alive daughter. (Mark 5:21- 24, 35-42)

(According to the Pittsburgh Gazette Times of 1911, this window illustrates Jesus preaching to his disciples, although there is no other documentation of this interpretation.)

The Neville Window was presented to the glory of God and in memory of General John Neville (1731-1803), Winifred Oldham Neville (1736-1797), Major Isaac Craig (1741-1826) and Amelia Neville Craig (1763-1849).

 

*This window was made by the Charles Lamb Studio               

First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh

320 6th Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15222

(412) 471-3436; info@fpcp.org

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