On either side of the entry doors are the windows of St. Peter & St. Paul.
Familiar symbols of St. Peter are depicted in the tracery. At the top left, an inverted Latin cross recalls the tradition of Peter’s martyrdom following his imprisonment and torture under the Roman Emperor Nero, in 64 BC. So as not to imitate his mentor Christ, the humble apostle Peter, by his own wish, requested he be crucified upside down. At the right, the rooster recalls the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophesy that Peter would deny him three times before the rooster crowed (Mark 14:66-72). Peter, upon realizing Christ’s prophesy had been fulfilled, burst into tears.
To the left, Jesus calls the fishermen Andrew and Peter, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people” (Mark 1: 16-18). At right, Peter steps out of the boat to walk on water toward Jesus, but sinks when he notices the wind (Matthew 14:22-33).
Given to the Glory of God by Polly & Tom Sapitowicz, and in loving memory of their grandparents: The Rev. & Mrs. John Askew Winslow, Mr. & Mrs. Percival Cabell Gregory, Jr., Mr. & Mrs. John Joseph Sapitowicz, and Mr. & Mrs. Donald H. Mitchell.