The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. –Psalms 51:17
The Class of 2012 Donated a Stained Glass Window for McCausland Chapel at Reformed Episcopal Seminary, the Philip the Deacon Window
This 2012 graduating class graciously donated and raised money for a stained glass window for the chapel. A description and picture of the design of the window from the artist, the Rev. Mark Bleakely follows, along with details on how you can help the class and own beautiful stained glass yourself!
A stained glass window is a support to worship not only transmitting light and color to transfigure space but by transmitting meaning. The purpose of this window is to celebrate the Gospel Mission in the context of the Reformed Episcopal Seminary and to celebrate the Life of Grace in the context of the Chapel Eucharist.
Theology and Symbolism
The RES Chapel window depicts two episodes of St. Philip the Evangelists’ Mission to the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40)–depicting these as Divine Events by which the Father sends forth the gift of the Holy Ghost in Word and Sacrament.
Identifying with Philip we recognize our Calling and Mission. Philip exemplifies the fulfillment of the Great Commission–“Beginning at this Scripture, [he] preached Jesus” and “baptized him.” Philip is “baptizing the nations” for the Ethiopian’s discipleship answers to Old Testament expectations from the inquiry of the Queen of Sheba to the “baptism” of the Egyptians in the Red Sea. Even so St. Philip “drowns” the Ethiopian (suggested by the water imagery) giving him the glory and riches of Christ (symbolized in the halo.) This is St. Philip’s Calling–the “good works as [God] hast prepared for [him] to walk in.” These are Divine Events executed by the Divine Hand–(symbolized by the central Dextera Dei (“right hand of God”)–as Philip is sent by an Angel and caught up afterwards by the Spirit. As such they are Spiritual Events (symbolized by the descending Dove)–St. Philip is sent to a desert but the Ethiopian discovers water (for the Word of God does not go forth in vain.)
Identifying with the Ethiopian, we recognize the Worship in which our Mission is grounded. Liturgically, these episodes relate what happens in Worship between “Word (symbolized by a tablet-like open Bible)” and “Sacrament (symbolized by Chalice)”: How shall they Believe (Creed) in Him of Whom they have not Heard? (Liturgy of the Word) How then shall they Call (Liturgy of the Sacrament) on Him in Whom they have not Believed? The window calls us to identify with the Ethiopian who with meek heart and due reverence hears the Word of God, Believes, and Responds to God by the power of the Spirit.
Ornament and Style
Ornament (from Gr. Kosmos) is not mere decoration but draws out the essential meaning of a work. As such, a Triune Celtic water motif runs through the borders and entire design, drawing out it’s meaning of Baptismal Mission. The floral motif in this window is Early English Gothic in style representing Spiritual Fecundity. Over-all, the design is contemporary gothic with strong, clean, contemporary lines to suit the architectural setting.
How YOU Can Help!
The Class of 2012 is offering for sale stained glass medallions designed and made by the Rev. Mark Bleakley. Large medallions of the scene of Philip baptizing the Ethiopian from the Window are available. The medallions are approximately 5″ x 10″ and include a hanger on top. Contact the Seminary for pricing and availability.
There medallions of the Reformed Episcopal Church available also.
These are approximately 5″ x 10″ and include a hanger on top. Contact the Seminary for pricing and availability.
The Seminary is also pleased to offer medallions of the Seminary Shield.
These RE Seminary Shield medallions are approximately 4″. Contact the Seminary for pricing and availability.
Please make all checks payable to Reformed Episcopal Seminary and send orders to:
Reformed Episcopal Seminary
The Very Rev. Dr. Jonathan S. Riches
826 Second Ave.
Blue Bell, PA 19422
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– “The atmosphere was scholarly, the emphasis was Biblicity, and the relationships were family. I am grateful for my time as a RESeminarian.”
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– “The emphasis of RES on equipping students for pastoral ministry and service sets the scenario and its graduates apart.”
– I appreciated both the breadth and the depth of the curriculum which grounded me in the historical-theological tradition and allowed me to pursue elective interests.
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The School is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the
Association of Theological Schools,
10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15275-1110
The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting:
– Master of Divinity.
Reformed Episcopal Seminary’s educational effectiveness is shown by the fact that in the last five years 63 percent of all Master of Divinity students have successfully completed their program on schedule. In the last five years, 100% of our graduates have been active in Christian ministry and service. 100% of our students are active in Christian ministry and service. 75% of graduates in the last five years have received vocational placements and 25% have received non-vocational placements.
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Recent Convocation & class session recordings can be heard online.
Listen to Class Sessions and Convocations Here
Opportunities at RES
There are currently no open positions available at this time.
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RES Embroidered Seals
The Seminary has embroidered seals available of the Reformed Episcopal Seminary and The Reformed Episcopal Church denominational seal.
These seals are stitched in seven colors and are slightly over four inches in diameter.
They are perfect for tippets and appropriate for many other uses.
The cost is $35.00 each, including postage and handling. Send your order with payment to:
Reformed Episcopal Seminary
826 Second Avenue in
Blue Bell, PA 19422
The CALL – Newsletter of the RES Archives
The Call Newsletter has been replaced by the FORES (Friends of RES) Newsletter.
They can be seen and downloaded above.
Below are the archive copies of The Call to view or download.
View The CALL Spring 2017
Great Educational Value!
Reformed Episcopal Seminary is committed to providing a vigorous academic education, strong spiritual formation, and pastoral and mission experience at a great value.
Our tuition cost is low ($230/credit) and we strive to offer additional scholarships to qualified students. RES wants you to be equipped to serve Christ, the Church, and the world without the encumbrance of debt.
All applicants will be considered for scholarship aid.
To apply, contact the Seminary at (610) 292-9852 or firstname.lastname@example.org