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Memorial Church Open Visiting Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 4 PM
Friday, 9 AM - 1 PM
Tours on Fridays at 11 AM.

Memorial Church is closed for University holidays, University closures, services, and private events. Windhover Contemplative Center is currently closed. There is no expected re-opening date at this time.

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Memorial Church Quatrefoils

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Of special scholarly and artistic interest are the ancient religious symbols and the carved quatrefoils that provide their settings. There are 29 large carvings in the symbol series. Here is a sampling of some of the finest carvings. They are in the walls of the East and West Trancepts.

Beneath the East Gallery

  • Arrow - A symbol of martyrdom or suffering.

  • Square - Emblem of the earth or earthly life.

  • S - From the Latin, “soter,” meaning “saviour.”

  • Pomegranate - A symbol of resurrection and new life. Used on ancient Hebrew priestly garments.

  • Crown - Spiritual rank, kingship, authority.

  • Heart - Charity, unselfish love.

  • Anchor - Hope. A form used by early Christians to conceal the cross during times of persecution.

  • Broken Chains - A symbol of freedom from sin, death and opression won by Christ’s death on the cross.

Beneath the West Gallery

  • All Seeing Eye - Symbol of God’s omniscience.
  • Rose - Symbol of the Messianic promise, taken from Isaiah’s text, “the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose” (35:1).
  • Five Point Star - Epiphany, the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles represented by the Magi. Also the star of Jacob (Num. 24:17) and the Morning Star (Rev 22:16).
  • Fish - The five Greek letters spelling fish form the acronym of the phrase “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Saviour.” The symbol was used when Christians were not allowed to worship openly.
  • Triangle - The trinity.
  • M. with Rose at Center - Symbol of the virgin birth.