Introduction to the Handicapped Entrance Windows
9. David the Psalmist/23d Psalm
a. Dedication for the Beatitudes Window
Introduction to the Handicapped Entrance Windows -
These windows are in what I call the neo-classical style. They depict a Biblical scene, but with much less detail, and more white and light colors surrounding the main images.
These windows on either side of the Handicapped Entrance by the Elevator at the Woodward Entrance. The orientation is looking out from the Narthex.
9 - DAVID THE PSALMIST/THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
In the window to the left (and left of the Red Door), the top panel depicts King David, to whom many psalms are attributed, and, according to the H-C Study Bible may have written some, but generally their authorship is unknown.
The most famous, of course, is the 23d Psalm which is the subject of the larger window. This imagery links the Old and New Testaments. The small figures graphically, literally the words and meaning of the psalm.
The theme of Jesus as shepherd is also represented in the chapel where an entire window is devoted to the theme of The Good Shepherd.
Dedication: To Jean Carol Bozell from her parents.
1 - The text in the top panel (top 1/3) is "David the Psalmist".
2 - The text in the lower panel (lower 2/3) is the 23rd Psalm. "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the
10 - BEATITUDES
The window to the right depicts the spiritual form of the Beatitudes taken from what is called the Sermon on the Mount in Mt 5:3-12 In Luke 6:20-26 is the more concrete form and is called the Sermon on the Plain: Blessed are you who are poor, …hungry now, weep…
Jesus is presented as a teacher, with Red and White symbolic colors. He is gesturing in th e traditional form of blessing is in the lancet window. The full window shows scenes illustrating the Beatitudes: Blessed are the poor in spirit; those who mourn; merciful; and the peacemakers. There is damage to the lower right corner. Borders in traditional style, but the rest in the neo-classical.
Dedication: To the Glory of God. A Tribute of Affection to Elizabeth S. McCletchie from the North East Circle 1950
1 - The text in the window is part of the Beatitutes including:
(top panel) "Blessed are they...
(lower panel) "Blessed are the poor in spirit.
Blessed are the merciful, peace.
Blessed are they who mourn,
The full list of Beatitues are:
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
- Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
- Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
- Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
- Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
- Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
2 - Click on Dedication for a large image of the window' Dedication.
DEDICATION FOR THE BEATITUDES WINDOW - Detail