Andrew and James The Greater

Sts. Andrew and James the Greater ~ Clayton & Bell, 1896

Andrew and James the Greater, Apostles, were fishermen from Galilee. Andrew was the first to follow Christ: “The next day again, John [the Baptist] was standing with two of his disciples when Jesus passed by. John looked towards him and said, ‘There is the Lamb of God!’ When the two disciples heard what he said, they followed Jesus. He turned and saw them following; ‘What are you looking for?’ he asked. They said, ‘Rabbi,’ (which means ‘Teacher’) ‘where are you staying?’ ‘Come and see,’ he replied. So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent the rest of the day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.

“One of the two who followed Jesus after hearing what John said was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. The first thing he did was to find his brother Simon and say to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is Hebrew for Christ)” (John 1:35-41).

Andrew’s symbol is usually the X-shaped cross (saltire) with rope, as he was executed by being tied to a cross, not nailed. Egeas, the Roman Governor of Patras (in the south of Greece) ordered Andrew’s execution because Andrew had converted the Governor’s wife to Christianity.

James the Greater (also called the More, the Elder, or Major) was the son of Zebedee and brother to John, Apostle and Evangelist. He was one of the closest disciples to Jesus, being with Christ both at the Transfiguration and in the Garden of Gethsemane. He was tried and executed in Jerusalem by Herod Agrippa in 44 C.E.. His symbol is often a pilgrim’s staff and purse, which is how he is pictured here.

In the predella (lower section of the window) are pictures of Andrew and James fishing and Christ speaking to them.

This window is located on the north side of the clerestory, second window from the transept.

This window was donated in memory of James H. and Sarah E. Hoyt by their children, George H. Hoyt (vestryman) and Mrs. Franklin Miller, in June of 1896, and is dedicated “To the Glory of God and in Grateful Memory of Beloved Parents James H. and Sarah E. Hoyt.” The window was made by the firm of Clayton and Bell of London. There is no catalogued collection of the records of Clayton and Bell, one of the largest makers of stained glass in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In a list of Clayton and Bell commissions, compiled in the 1950’s, St. John’s is mentioned, but there are no detailed descriptions of the windows made. The dates for this window come from the St. John’s Monthly, which was printed by the church from at least 1895 to 1917, some of which are in a scrapbook in the church vault.

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Location: North side of nave, upper level (clerestory), second window below the transept
Inscription:  To the Glory of God and in Grateful Memory of Beloved Parents James H. and Sarah E. Hoyt.