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Watling Window

Watling Window

Watling WindowThe Watling Window (Symbols of Christ Window), was given by Mr. John W. Watling, in memory of his parents, John Andrews Watling (1839-1919) and Eunice Wright Watling (1842-l922) Beginning at the bottom of the Window, the symbols are:

  • A Shell, symbol of the Baptism of Christ
    • In early depictions of the baptism of Jesus, John the Baptist is shown pouring water from a shell.
  • INRI, the sacred monogram meaning Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum (Jesus Christ King of the Jews)
  • The Phoenix, symbol of the Resurrection
    • According to legend, the phoenix is a bird which lives for 500 years, then burns itself on a pyre. From the ashes, a new phoenix appears.
  • The Greek letters, Alpha and Omega, symbolizing Christ, the Beginning and the End, surmounted by a Crown
    • “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
      Revelation 22:13
  • A Chalice, symbol of the Eucharist
  • Another early example of the Alpha and Omega symbol
  • The Agnus Dei, or Lamb of God
    • The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
      John 1:29
  • The IHC, another sacred monogram signifying the first three letters of Jesus in Greek (Ihsus or Ihcuc)