Mount Olive Baptist Church - Cleveland, OH
This project received the Stained Glass Association
of America Award of Excellence.
We were commissioned by the Church to design
and fabricate eleven new windows complete with frames and ventilators; two
main windows, two balcony windows and seven sanctuary windows.
Iconography: The two main windows are "Mount of Olives" and "Calvary". "Mount
of Olives" symbolizes the path Christ walked along the Mount of Olives
toward Jerusalem. "Calvary" window depicts Christ's
cross (center) with two flanking crosses. There are twelve rays emanating from
the cross to represent Christ's message being" taken to all people by
the twelve apostles. The
seven sanctuary windows each contain the cross. Lines in the epoxy are meant
to resemble flames, and signify the flames of Pentacost and presence of the
balcony windows are "Communion" and "Baptism". "Communion" is symbolized through
wheat (bread) and grapes (wine) and is one of a pair of windows. "Baptism" depicts
a scallop shell dripping water into a pool below; John the Baptist is traditionally
portrayed as using a scallop shell to pour the water from the River Jordan
over Christ's head.