Look closely! What do you see?
Yes, there is a new stained glass window shining forth from a beautifully repaired and restored St. Peter's church building. Here you get only a glimpse from the back. You have to see the window from the inside in person! The story of its conception, completion, and installation is nothing short of miraculous. When it became clear that the original window, installed in 1914 as a memorial to the father of the Rev. Canon Yin Tet Kong (pastor of St. Peter's from 1896 to 1927), was compromised beyond reasonable repair, the Liu, Kong, and Kau Families joined together in gifting St. Peter's with this new window in memory and honor of lifelong members Samuel P.K. Liu, Sarah Kau Kong, and The Rev. Ernest Kau, brother of Sarah. The central design of the red cross on a rock is carried over from the original altar window. A ti plant appears in the new window to denote this congregation's roots in Hawai`i and is constructed of glass harvested from the original altar window.
There's a close-up of the new cross.
The beauty and texture of the different pieces of glass are amazing up close. From far away, the light catches these variations in different ways at different times of the day. You may want to consider spending the whole day at church just to watch the light play on this window! (Yes, the "smudge" in the middle is removable tape. Each panel was numbered to correspond with placement in the frame. Not hard to guess where the cross goes, though--exactly in the center. In this photo, the panel rests in the padding in which it was brought to church from Annalee Jones' studio.
1/9/2022 05:34:35 pm
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2/3/2023 12:04:48 am
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