The Meaning of Our Stained Glass Window
The stained glass window in our church is an artistic expression which describes in symbolic form an aspect of our faith.
The doctrine of the Trinity is central to the Christian Faith. This teaching originates in the Bible where we are told that "God is One"(Deuteronomy 6:1), and yet the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are distinguished. In Matthew 28:19 the church is told to baptize "in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Here 3 Persons of the Trinity are distinguished, and yet "Name" is singular.
The Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Formula all give expression to this doctrine, and provide further refinement of expression as the church has sought to understand the nature of her Lord. Reformed Theologians have addressed the Trinity as well. B.B. Warfield's article on the Trinity is an excellent example.
The 'P' at the top of the window represents the Latin word for Father ('Pater').
The 'F' on the lower right represents the Latin word Son ('Filius').
The 'S' on the lower left represents the Latin word for the Holy Spirit ('Spiritus Sanctus')
Each Person "is God", expressed by the words "est Deus." The word "Deus" only appears once, expressing the truth that there is one God.
The words "non est" between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit express the truth that these Persons of the Trinity are distinct and not to be confused. The Father "is not" the Son or the Holy Spirit. The Son "is not" the Holy Spirit or the Father. The Holy Spirit "is not" the Father or the Son.