Given that we’re spending the better part of the summer working our way through the stories of the matriarchs and patriarchs of Israel as told in the book of Genesis, we thought it made sense to post an image of a window many people at the church seldom see. This window is located in the sacristy (where the communion vessels and vestments are stored) at All Saints’ Church, and features the four matriarchs of our faith: Sarah, Rebekah, Leah, and Rachel. Though their lives never actually overlapped, the window pictures the four of them together in acknowledgment of their shared role as mothers to the biblical faith traditions. The border is marked by symbols of the twelve tribes of Israel, each connected to one of the twelve sons of Jacob – the sons and grandsons and great-grandsons of these women.
The window is a fairly recent addition, which accounts for its relatively obscure placement in the building. It was commissioned by Jewish man in memory of his Christian wife, making its celebration of these matriarchs all the more poignant.