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  The Rose Window

As dusk settles over the Hope College campus, and the last rays of the brilliant sunset pierce through the rose window, there is a hush. The God, who taught of the life beautiful, glowing, and abundant, seems near.

The beautiful rose window, a gift from the Hope College Class of 1916 and constructed at a cost of $4,000, is located on the west wall above the balcony contains three rows of petals.

The center contains the Hope College seal. An anchor, the symbol of Hope College, is highlighted in the middle. The name, seal, and motto of Hope College were derived from a statement by the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, "This is my anchor of hope for this people in the future." The college motto, Spera in Deo (Hope in God) is taken from Psalm 42:5.

The row around the Hope College seal has six university seals portraying historic education. The first is the coat of arms of the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. This is the university attended by the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, who was instrumental in the establishment of Hope College. The others are from American universities – Rutgers, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the University of Michigan. These seals are interspersed with academic symbols – a palette portraying the fine arts; a metric figure for geometry; a harp for music; a blazing sun for astronomy; chemical equipment for chemistry; and a scroll and pen for literature. Note: It was discovered years after the window was installed that the founding date of the University of Michigan is incorrect. It is 1817.

The outside row of 12 windows tells the story of Christianity, from the Creation to the birth of Christ.







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