The Nativity Window
Christ Church contains outstanding examples of stained glass done in the Arts and Crafts style by John Kebrle, Jacoby Arts Glass Company of Saint Louis, and Payne Studios of Patterson, New Jersey.
The Nativity Window, pictured here, is considered a masterpiece of the style and dominates the Church Nave.
Like a Rembrandt painting, light is used as a highlight and draws attention to features in the work. The radiance in the Nativity Window focuses outward from the infant Jesus and radiates to the cast surrounding him. The eye is immediately drawn to the newly born Messiah in the center of the work.
The inscription at the bottom of the Nativity Window reads, “In loving memory of William Hassell, Sr. Entered the rest of Paradise, February 20, 1911. A loving tribute of his son, Jess Hassell.”
The Apostles Windows
The Nave of Christ Church portrays six of Christ’s Apostles in its stunning collection of Arts and Crafts style stained glass windows. Two of the most beautiful, and perhaps the most interesting due to their history, are the window’s featuring Saint Matthew and Saint John.
If you visit our Nave and look closely at the right foot of the bearded Saint Matthew, you will see he has six toes. There are three stained glass windows in north Texas that depict a six-toed Jesus. Herbert Davis, an English artist who moved to the area around 1918, had hexadactyly, a birth defect that gave him six toes on one of his feet. Wherever he worked, figures with six toes have been discovered. It is not known whether Mr. Davis, or perhaps one of his assistants, worked on the Saint Matthew window.
The window featuring a clean shaven Saint John was donated in honor of Jack Davis, who died in 1930 at the age of 21. His funeral was held at Christ Church. Jack died on October 26 when his neck was broken during football practice on the practice field at North Dallas High School. He was playing in a commercial league for his employer, Southwestern Life Insurance Company. His tragic death inspired the Young People’s Bible Class of Christ Church to collect money and donate this stunning art glass window in his memory.
Windows Showing Jesus in the Temple and the Risen Christ
This beautiful window portrays Jesus as a young man teaching in the Temple. It was donated in memory of Philip Smith, the son of Father Bertram L. Smith, Rector at Christ Church from 1932 to 1959.
Father Smith was called away from the Parish during World War II. During this period, his wife and family went to stay with relatives in Ada, Oklahoma. One day, as his mother was playing bridge, Philip had a seizure while swimming and drowned. Because of this tragedy, Mrs. Smith never played another game of bridge in her life. Philip was fifteen years old at the time of his death.
The stunning window featuring the Risen Christ greeting Mary was given by the Christ Church congregation in memory of their beloved secretary, Sadie Anderson, who died in 1944 at the age of 56. Sadie was the Christ Church secretary for many years. She faithfully served many rectors and the Church and was deeply missed at her passing.
The Good Shepherd Window
The Good Shepherd Window is perhaps the other stained glass Arts and Crafts masterpiece in the Christ Church Nave. It features a mature Jesus tending his flock. The deep compassion present in Jesus’ face and the contented mood of the sheep are palpable reminders of the role the Savior plays in our lives as Christians.
The Good Shepherd Window is dedicated to Father Wallis Ohl, Rector of Christ Church from June 1920 until his retirement in 1923. This beloved priest brought with him the architectural plans of his former parish in Omaha for the “new” Christ Church. Father Ohl died at his home at 1020 South Rosemont at the age of 55 on October 16, 1924. The money for the window, made by Jacoby Art Glass Company, was raised by the congregation.