Calvin, Knox and Burning Bush Windows

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OliverCowley-Window3 OliverCowley-Window2These windows were designed and constructed in the studios of J Ashton & Co in Sydney in 1904. They were placed in the foyer at the entrance to St Andrew’s, the gift of members of the Building Committee when the church was built in 1904/5.

The inscriptions read:

Panel A:John Calvin born 1509 died 1564

Panel B:Nec Tamen Consumebatur

Panel C:John Knox born 1505 died 1572

John Calvin was an influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation. He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism. He was born on 10 July 1509 at Noyon, France and died on 27 May 1564 at Geneva, Switzerland.

The motto of the Church of Scotland is nec tamen consumebatur (Latin). It means “Yet it was not consumed”, an allusion to Exodus 3:2 and the Burning Bush.

John Knox was a Scottish clergyman, writer and a leader of the Protestant Reformation who is considered the founder of the Presbyterian denomination in Scotland. He was born in or near Haddington, Kingdom of Scotland c 1513 and died in Edinburgh, Kingdom of Scotland on 24 November 1572.