Hall of Faith

Speaking on the Christian heritage and calling:
“No longer did I see the church as congeries of quarrelsome sects, suddenly I saw the church, splendid and terrible, sweeping through he centuries with glorious anthems and shining crosses and steady-eyed saints.” – C.S. Lewis (1898 – 1963)

Background

In 2007 Saint Mark’s held a series of small group meetings to ask members of the congregation how the church campus could better empower our ministry and mission. One recurring theme was some way to communicate where we have been as Christians and what has formed our faith in a way similar to the stained glass windows in a traditional church.

From that moment a unique and very complicated journey began to transform a connecting hallway of the church into a visual celebration of over five thousand years of recorded history.

Ten illuminated panels trace this story from Old Testament to New Testament, history of the church in England, America, Ohio and Upper Arlington. The series ends with the invocation of the Holy Spirit and leaves room for continued depictions of God’s work through and among us.

Click here to view the Hall of Faith inside the church via Google.

Introduction and Overview

Saint Mark’s Hall of faith explores the heritage of God’s call to humanity as experienced through the Anglican tradition.

Composition

Each panel is composed of a series of layers significant to its context blended together through the medium of graphic design—and tell a sacred story of God’s relationship with the humanity.

Viewers are invited to click on the panel icon to enlarge, read the panel and allow the text and images to bring an ancient story into the modern world – reminding us of where we have been – and perhaps even calling us into a sacred future yet to be. By returning to this page we may identify the subjects of the images on each panel – with source attribution at the very end.

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

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Panel One

Creation and Covenant
Ex Nihilo “Out of Nothing”

 

 

Background: Sunrise over the Sinai desert taken from atop the mountain where tradition holds Moses received the Ten Commandments. 1. (The numbers refer to photo sources at the end).

Overlay: Each canonical book of the Old Testament, in order, together with the books of the Apocrypha.

Photographs: Image from the Hubble Telescope. 2.; Abraham and Sara receive a message from God 3.; Approach to Mt. Sinai 4.; Icon of the three angelic visitors to Abraham, representing God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit 5.; Moses with commandment tablet. 6.

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Panel Two

The Word was Made Flesh
and Lived Among Us.
“Prepare the Way of the Lord”

 

Background: The Sea of Galilee taken from the deck of a fishing vessel of First Century design. 7.

Overlay: Each canonical book of the New Testament in order. Can you find the Gospel of Mark?

Photographs: Pentecost altar frontal of descending dove 8.; Icon of the crucifixion of Jesus 9.; Icon of the “Sinai Christ” (oldest known depiction of Jesus in existence) 10.; Icon of the Resurrection and harrowing of hell 11.; blessing over bread and wine (representing Jesus’ ongoing presence in the sacrament). 12.

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Panel Three

The Spirit of Anglicanism
“Celtic Christianity to Anglican Communion”

 

Background: Christ Cathedral, Canterbury, England. (from the south). 13.

Overlay: Significant figures from the English Church as uplifted in Lesser Feasts and Fasts (2006). Can you find C.S. Lewis?

Photographs: High Altar of Canterbury Cathedral 14.; throne of the Archbishop of Canterbury 15.; Queen Elizabeth I 16.; King Henry VIII 17.; Canterbury pilgrim token 18.; Archbishop Desmond Tutu 19.; Compass Rose seal of the Anglican Communion. 20.

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Panel Four

England’s Church at the Birth of a Nation
“Episcopos” A Church with Bishops

 

 

Background: Top—”Christ in Glory” from the reredos of the National Cathedral. 21. Bottom—The Jamestown Colony. 22.

Overlay: Significant figures from the American Church as uplifted in Lesser Feasts and Fasts (2006).

Photographs: Samuel Seabury, first American Episcopal Bishop 23.; Jamestown Harbor 24.; David Oakerhater, Native American deacon 24.; Communion vessels 25.; Episcopalian George Washington, Episcopal Shield, Creation rose window 26.; Nave of the National Cathedral 27.; The Cathedral Church of St. Pater and St. Paul, Washington, D.C. 28.

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Panel Five

The American Frontier
“Dioecesis” Area Entrusted to the Care of a Bishop

 

 

Background: Wild Turkey Creek, central Ohio.

Overlay: The churches and missions of the Diocese of Southern Ohio in 2006. Can you find Saint Mark’s?

Photographs: Kenyon College (Episcopal) Gambier, Ohio29.; Philander Chase, first Episcopal Bishop of Ohio30.; Diocesan Shield 31.; Episcopal Shield 32.; Thomas Jaggar, first Bishop of Southern Ohio 33.; William Cooper Procter 34.; Russian icon of Jesus (gift to St. George’s Dayton) 35.; Chapel at Procter Farm and Conference Center 36.

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Panel Six

From Generation…
“A Mission in Upper Arlington”

 

 

Background: Architect’s rendering of Saint Mark’s Nave and Sanctuary in 1955.

Overlay: Saint Mark’s charter members from 1951.

Photographs: Bishop Henry Hobson 37.; Women’s Auxiliary 38.; Saint Mark’s choir 39.; The Junior (now Canterbury) Choir 40.; Church school class 41.; “Tri-Village Parish” campaign to build the present Nave and Sanctuary 42.; Founding rector Eldred Johnston 43.; original “Moravian” Design of the worship space 44.; second rector Edward Chalfant 45.;; Saint Mark’s lion circa 1970 46.

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Panel Seven

“Trumpet of the Jubilee”

 

 

Background: Renovated Saint Mark’s Nave and Sanctuary in 2004.

Overlay: Saint Mark’s charter members from 1951 (continued).

Photographs: Mosaic altar and the reredos at Christmas 47.; The Altar Guild at work 48.; Eldred Johnston and third rector John Millen 49.; Bell Tower in winter 50.; fourth rector Michael Jupin 51.; altar cross symbolic of a fractured world 52.; chalice and paten (looking west) 53.; fifth rector Vicki Smith 54.; celebrating in the new Parish Hall 55.; Saint Mark’s lion circa 1990 56.; the Canterbury Choir 57.

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Panel Eight

“From Generation to Generation”

 

 

Background: Grandmother and child.

Overlay: Children’s art project “Saint Mark’s in the future”.

Photographs: “Godly Play” instruction in the church school 58.; attentive students 59.; lighting a candle at Pentecost 60.

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Panel Nine

“Come, Holy Spirit, our souls inspire…”

 

 

 

 

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Panel Ten

“…lighten with celestial fire.”

 

 

Background: Stained glass window of the Holy Spirit descending in the form of a dove.

The ancient hymn “Veni Creator Spiritus” invites the Holy Spirit to be present at Saint Mark’s both in the present and in years to come, that God’s work may always be done in and through this congregation.

Photo Sources

1. Paul St. Germain (PStG); 2. NASA; 3. PStG; 4. PStG; 5. Andrei Rublev; 6. Antoine Rembrandt; 7. PStG; 8. PStG; 9. PStG; 9. Η Σταύρωσις; 10. St. Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai; 11. Byzantine Troparion; 12. PStG; 13. PStG; 14. PStG; 15. PStG; 16. Tower of London by PStG; 17. John Holbein; 18 Royal Museum, Canterbury; 19. Academy of Achievement, Washington; 20. PStG; 21. PStG; 22. unknown: 23. unknown; 24. St, George’s, Dayton by PStG; 25. PStG; 26. PStG; 27. PStG; 28. PStG; 29. unknown; 30. unknown; 31. Diocese of Southern Ohio; 32. Episcopal Church U.S.A.; 33. Diocese of Southern Ohio; 34. Eugenia (St. George’s, Dayton) 35. Diocese of Southern Ohio; 36. Procter Conference Center; 37. Diocese of Southern Ohio; 38. “Trumpet of the Jubilee” (Saint Mark’s, Columbus); 39. “Trumpet of the Jubilee” (Saint Mark’s, Columbus); 40. “Trumpet of the Jubilee” (Saint Mark’s, Columbus); 41. “Trumpet of the Jubilee” (Saint Mark’s, Columbus); 42. Saint Mark’s Archives; 43. Saint Mark’s Archives; 44. Saint Mark’s Archives; 45. Saint Mark’s Archives; 46. Saint Mark’s Archives; 47. Saint Mark’s Archives; 48. Saint Mark’s Archives; 49. Saint Mark’s Archives; 50. PStG; 51. Saint Mark’s Archives; 52. PStG; 53. Saint Mark’s Archives; 54. Saint Mark’s Archives; 55. Saint Mark’s Archives; 56. Saint Mark’s Archives; 57. PStG; 58. PStG; 59. PStG; 60. PStG;