Stained Glass Window Restoration Project
The historic Te Deum Window at Grace Church in Newark—the large 3-part window one walks under to get from the Church to the Parish House—suffers from a common problem among windows nearly a century old in which the lead in between each individual piece of stained glass begins to deteriorate. Gravity and the elements cause the panels of stained glass to begin to bow and the risk of pieces of stained glass popping out becomes increasingly probable. While it may not seem at first glance to be in trouble, if one stands directly underneath the window and looks straight up, it is easy to see the distortion. What is required is that the window be removed, each of the thousands of pieces of stained glass be taken apart and cleaned, and the entire window be put back together again with new leading. Finally, the newly restored window will be re-installed in the church with new exterior protective glass.
The Te Deum window is a historic part of our National Landmark Building of which we are stewards. The Te Deum window was designed by Valentine d’Ogries, an Austrian born artist, who completed his studies at Carnegie Technical School of Fine Arts in Pittsburgh, and set up his studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania. His other windows have been installed in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, NYC, Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, NJ, and Columbia University, among other prestigious locations.
The window was installed in 1930 in honor of Mayor Thomas L. Raymond, Jr. of Newark, after which Raymond Boulevard was named, who was Mayor of Newark in the 1920s and a member of Grace Church. The theme of the window, the nonscriptural Canticle Te Deum includes Trinitarian symbols, adoring angels, and several figures from church history, including Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, and Edward Bouverie Pusey, a leader of the movement to restore Catholic beliefs and practices in the Episcopal Church.
While the Te Deum restoration is the largest portion of the project, there are also some other minor repairs needed, for example, repairs to the Good Shepherd window and three ventilator windows, as well as new protection glass for two windows, and repairs to other leaded glass in the church.
The Vestry will consider three bids from reputable firms. The total cost will be approximately $100,000. We have approximately 30% already donated to the project. And we are seeking grant money to help. However, we very much need your financial support to help this vital work.
I hope you will join with me in generously donating to the stained glass restoration project at Grace Church. You can make checks payable to “Grace Church in Newark” with a notation “stained glass.” Use the provided envelope and place them in an offering plate or box or mail them to the church. We are also setting up an option for online giving that will soon be available on our website. We will accept one-time donations or pledges over a two-year period. All donors will be gratefully recognized. Thank you for your support!
The Te Deum Window
Center Lancet, Top portion: God the Father is presented enthroned, the Lamb and the Dove on either side, symbolic of "Thine adorable, true and only Son" and "the Holy Ghost, the Comforter." Photography by Brian Kutner; Text by Cameron Allen.
Center Lancet, Middle Portion: The next grouping is of the "noble army of Martyrs", including St. Stephen, Protomartyr; St. Vincent; St. Sebastian; St. Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury (wearing a mitre), St. Lucy, and St. George: and kneeling St. Agnes and St. Alban, first martyr of England. The adoring hosts are shown, of whom the Te Deum says "To Thee all Angels cry aloud; the Heavens, and all the Powers therein; To Thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth; Heaven and Earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory." Below are the "glorious company of the Apostles," including St. Philip, St. John, St. Peter, St. Simon, St. Matthew, and St. Paul. Photography by Brian Kutner; Text by Cameron Allen.
Center Lancet, Bottom Portion: The next group represents the "goodly fellowship of the Prophets," Saints and Doctors of the Church: St. Basil the Great, Doctor of the Church of the East; St. Cyril of Jerusalem, one of the persecuted defenders of the Nicene Creed; St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Western Church; St. Francis of Assisi; St. Athanasius, Doctor of the Eastern Church, and kneeling St. Augustine, Doctor of the Western Church. Directly below these are four ethnically and racially diverse figures representing the "the holy Church throughout all the world." Photography by Brian Kutner; Text by Cameron Allen.
Left Lancet, Top Portion: The "glorious company of the Apostles" praising God: St. James, St. Bartholomew, and St. Jude. Photography by Brian Kutner; Text by Cameron Allen.
Right Lancet, Top Portion: The "glorious company of the Apostles" praising God: St. Andrew, St. Thomas, and St. James the Less. Photography by Brian Kutner; Text by Cameron Allen.