Round Window

   Over the entrance to the nave is a circular Rose Window which features a Luther Rose in the center. This seal, designed by Martin Luther, has become the primary emblem of the Lutheran Church.


Circular window detail

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   The Rose features a central black cross (for faith in Christ crucified) imposed on a red heart (for faith in the Saviour) imposed on a white rose (to show that faith causes joy, consolation and peace) imposed on a blue sky (to denote that such joy of faith in the spirit is the beginning of heavenly joy to come) surrounded by a golden ring (to signify that such bliss in heaven is endless).

   This lovely window was on an outside wall when the sanctuary was built. The original narthex was small and opened to outside staircases, with a roof that stopped below the Rose Window allowing it to be sun-lit like all the others. At the time of the 1972 expansion when the Education Wing was built, the narthex was improved and its ceiling was raised. The two small windows in the narthex now were once on opposite side walls of the original narthex, but when the addition was made they were moved and placed side-by-side. The expansion created a wonderful location for the magnificent narthex window we now have, but left the Rose Window in perpetual twilight.


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