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By Allison Berger, Communications and Operations Associate
Christ Church Cranbrook has always been known for its beautiful Gothic architecture and the variety of brilliant artworks housed within. When constructing the church, George Booth hired many artists in hopes that their art with their superior craftsmanship and individual design would enhance the Gothic style architecture. Examples of these artworks include the fresco surrounding the high altar, the West Window or the “Women’s Window,” and the “Life of Christ Window,” or as we know it, the East Window.
The East Window was created by the renowned Italian-born American artist Nicola D’Ascenzo (1871-1954) in 1928. D’Ascenzo was famous for making stained glass for churches and businesses throughout the United States. In fact, he helped complete over 7,000 windows during his lifetime. Several of the stained glass windows that he is best known for can be seen in the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and the Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge.
The East Window is one of D’Ascenzo’s wondrous works that we are honored to have here at Christ Church Cranbrook. The East Window focuses on the life of Christ. It is divided into twelve sections that depict different scenes. These sections portray the Nativity, Jesus’ Discussion with the Doctors, Baptism, Raising the dead at Nain, Washing the Apostles’ Feet, the Last Supper, the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, Calvary, Resurrection, Resurrection Appearances on the Road to Emmaus, the Ascension and Whitsunday of Pentecost.
Thanks to a generous gift, we have commissioned a limited edition, optic crystal Christmas ornament featuring the Nativity scene displayed in the East Window. These beautiful, one-of-a-kind ornaments are our gift to you as a THANK YOU for your pledge and for making everything we do here at Christ Church Cranbrook possible.
You can submit your pledge online anytime at rsvpccc.org/pledge!