Monkeys and Peacocks: trivia answer

The peacocks and monkeys I posted yesterday are from a window in St. John’s Episcopal Church in Gloucester.  They (the church, not the monkeys and peacocks) graciously gave me permission to go photograph their stained glass windows, which are GORGEOUS.  I highly recommend visiting to see them.  The church is open for prayer and meditation Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon, and they don’t mind if you look at the windows too…

Here is a shot of the full window:

King Solomon's navy. The bible verse referenced on the window doesn't mention exotic animals, but it does say King Solomon had products shipped from other lands. Click on the photo to see it a little larger.

Almost all the windows feature ships, boats, or other nautical themes from the bible. I’ll post more photos and info over the coming days.  These windows are a real treasure!

4 comments

  • Nice photo, Fr.Green. I’d forgotton about those windows with the boats. I wonder what the history of them is. Maybe a local glass artist?

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  • Great foto! Thanks for showing this Gloucester treasure!
    I was a member of St. Johns in the early 50’s when the Rev. Robert E.(?) Smith, also an amateur painter, had these windows installed, the Old Testament stories on the left side, the New on the right. There’s a pamphlet about the windows; (if it’s not in the church, check it out in the Church office in the building to the left and behind the church). Don’t forget the especially beautiful window of a dragger and a rainbow high over the front door of the church.

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  • “For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes and peacocks”
    I Kings 10:22

    Extraordinary window, thanks for posting

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