In 2012 the effects of gravity had led to buckling, wavy glass and loose pieces, plus fractures that were found in some masonry sections. An assessment determined that the window should be rebuilt. The Willet Houser Architectural Glass Studio was chosen to do the restoration. The entire window was removed to their workshop in Winona, Mn. Almost a year later it was returned. A rededication was held on Legacy Sunday September 13, 2013 which included a Litany or Rededication and the performance of a new festival anthem for the occasion entitled, “In Praise of the Light.”
THE REDEDICATION OF THE JEFFREY WINDOW Words from Karl Erickson Words from Robert H. ("Tad") Jeffrey Please stand. * THE LITANY OF REDEDICATION Rev. Reed, Thomas R. Luff, Patricia Cleary Miller, Karl Erickson, Robert H. ("Tad") Jeffrey Rev. Reed: Lord of Light, in the beginning you separated the light from the darkness, and said it was good. People: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. Mr. Luff: When Moses and the children of Israel escaped in darkness, P: you sent a pillar of flame to light the way. Patricia Cleary Miller: When in our sin we turned away and called for darkness to surround us, you pursued us. P: Even the darkness is not dark to you, 0 God, the night is bright as the day. Karl Erickson: In a stable dark, your light was born in human form. P: The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. Mr. Jeffrey: So may the light that shines through this window be a blessing to us and remind us of your true light. Bless this window to our inspiration as we remember those whose names are written upon them: Joseph Andrew Jeffrey Celia C Jeffrey. A bell is struck honor of each,followed by brief silence. Their memory is a blessing forever. Patricia Cleary Miller: We remember the members of the congregation that gave this window as a tribute to Joseph and Celia. P: Their loving service lives on in us. Mr. Jeffrey: We also remember persons whose light shined in our community before this church was consecrated to your service, 0 God. May they and others who rest in peace, rest in your arms. P: Let light perpetual shine upon them. Mr. Luff: Bless us, stewards of this church for a day and an age, chat we may remember that we walk where others have tread. P: 0 God, as we now rededicate this Jeffrey Window, keep us mindful of the innumerable treasures that have been handed to us from generations before. Give us humility to serve as we have been served. May the love to which they testified in glass and stone live on in us so that, though we knew them not in our living, we may know them in our service to you. May the light that shown in them, shine through us. Amen. (Written by The Reverend Lawrence Lee and reprinted with permission. Altered)
“In praise of the Light”
Premiered Legacy Sunday September 29, 2013
This festival anthem was commissioned for this occasion, the rededication of the Jeffrey Window, through the generosity of the following persons: Willard Fernald, James & Carol Callagher, Frank & Carol Hussey, Robert H. (‘Tad”) and Nancy (Anne) Jeffrey, Mr. & Mrs. Stanton C. Kelton III and Family, Alice Kelton King, Patricia Cleary Miller, Marie Pfeiffer, Rob & Marti Rideout, Gustaf & Barbara Steinhilber, Thomas & Julia Stewart, Janet Wade, Jane Werum, and Gerry & Marty Worth.
0 Light, Shine forth, 0 Light, that we may see, with hearts all unafraid, The meaning and the mystery of things that Thou hast made: Shine forth, and let the darkling past beneath thy beam grow bright; Shine forth, and touch the future vast with thine untroubled light. 0 Lord of lift, to thee we lift our hearts in praise for those thy prophets, who have shown thy gift of grace that ever grows, Of truth that spreads from shore to shore, of wisdom's widening ray, Of light that shineth more and more unto thy perfect day. 0 Light of light! within us dwell, through us thy radiance pour, That word and life thy truths may tell, and praise thee evermore. Amen. -Washington Gladden, 1897
About the Composer of “In Praise of the Light”
Neil Cox has been Director of Music of Lancing College Chapel since 1978. Born in Llanelli in 1955 he attended the local Grammar School and studied the organ with Robert Joyce at Llandaff Cathedral. As a teenager he played timpani and percussion in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, and his teachers at Cambridge included Sir David Willcocks, Dr. George Guest, Dame Gillian Weir and John Rutter. As an organist he played recitals on BBC Radio 3 and in many churches and cathedrals in the UK and in Europe, including St Paul’s Cathedral. At Lancing he was responsible for the design and building of the new Walker and Frobenius organs in the great College Chapel, and he has recorded a number of CDs with the College choir. In I 998 he conducted the first performance of Arvo Part’s Triodion in Westminster Abbey, commissioned to mark the 150th anniversary of Lancing.
As a composer his choral music has been sung in many churches and cathedrals with distinguished musical foundations. His short anthem Keep me as the Apple of an eye has been performed widely – at the Three Choirs Festival, in St Thomas’s Church New York, on BBC Radio 3 etc – and his Missa Brevis was given its first performance on BBC Radio 4. His festival anthem War in Heaven was commissioned by Coventry Cathedral, and has entered the repertoire of numerous choirs; in June 2012 it was performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in a concert marking the 50th anniversary of Coventry Cathedral, alongside the premiere of James MacMillan’s Gloria: this concert formed part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. His 201 I setting of the Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis was broadcast live from Gloucester Cathedral on BBC Radio 3 on Easter Sunday last year. Other first performances last year included Plait, Hymn & Laud ( as part of London Festival of Contemporary Church Music), Liturgies of Time & Light (in the Peterskirche, Leipzig), Prayer of the Venerable Bede (Merton College, Oxford) and The River of Life, a commission from the Southern Cathedrals Festival for first performance in Salisbury Cathedral in July, when it was sung by the combined choirs of Salisbury, Chichester and Winchester Cathedrals and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Forthcoming work includes commissions from Ampleforth Abbey, from the 2013 Edington Festival, and one for a set of evening canticles to celebrate the 750th anniversary of Balliol College, Oxford.