High above the hammer beam rafters of Epiphany’s interior are six dormer windows that came into being with the 1874 renovation of the church, which replaced a flat ceiling with a “more churchly roof.” The major purposes of the windows were light and ventilation. A century later with electricity and air conditioning in place, it was decided to replace these clear windows with stained glass. The windows were designed as a group to interpret the story of creation as told in the book of Genesis. Each window has its own symbol of the Creator God in the circle at the top and the panels below interpret a specific day of creation.
All six windows are the design of Rodney Winfield of St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Winfield is probably best known as the artist of the “space window” at Washington National Cathedral, which contains a piece of moon rock brought back by Apollo 11 astronauts. The creation windows are all memorials and were dedicated at the morning service on January 7, 1979, the First Sunday after the Epiphany. Depicted here is the window depicting the fifth day of creation when God created the birds of the air and the fish of the sea.