{"title": "Exterior of Building December 2016","images":[{"caption":"The newly cleaned exterior of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/01_full_exterior_1.jpg"},{"caption":"The Fifth Avenue facade of Saint Thomas Church is known as the Scott Memorial, named after George S. Scott, who provided for the completion of the statuary and carvings. Installation begain in 1962 and it was dedicated on November 3, 1963. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/02_exterior_fifth_avenue.jpg"},{"caption":"Statuary towers above the main entrance on Fifth Avenue. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/03_main_entrance_4.JPG"},{"caption":"A great archway provides an entryway to the main doors on Fifth Avenue. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/04_main_entrance_6.jpg"},{"caption":"Above the doors and under the archway is a depiction of Christ the King, flanked by the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist. A similar depiction of Christ the King is at the center of the reredos inside. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/05_christ_the_king_flanked_by_Mary_and_John_the_Baptist.JPG"},{"caption":"A close-up of Christ the King, holding an orb in his left hand and giving the sign of peace with his right hand, just as he does in the depiction in the reredos. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/06_Main_entrance-Christ_the_King.jpg"},{"caption":"As the sides of the archway approach the steps, they are decorated with large depictions of major saints. Here, on the north side of the arch, are John, Philip, and Paul. Notice the decorative detail in the bands of the archway extending upward. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/07_Main_entrance-John,_Philip,_Paul.jpg"},{"caption":"There are three bands in the archway (outer, middle, inner). The outer band shows depictions of the gifts fo the spirit given at Confirmation. Here is an image of the Holy Spirit (as a dove), who brings these gifts. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/08_outer_band-holy_spirit.jpg"},{"caption":"In the words of the 1928 BCP, the Holy Spirit brings "counsel and ghostly strength." Here, in one of the carvings in the outer band of the archway, ghostly strength (spirtual strength) is represented by a bow of bronze (Psalm 18) ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/09_outer_band-counsel_and_ghostly_strength.jpg"},{"caption":"The middle band of the archway has symbols of various branches of learning. Here is the representation for law. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/10_middle_band-law.jpg"},{"caption":"Also in the middle band of the archway, science is represented as a branch of learning. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/11_middle_band-science.jpg"},{"caption":"In the inner band of the archway, you can find reprentations of the various kinds of pursuits, including labor, social service, education, art, and music. Here, management is represented by a ticker tape machine and a telephones. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/12_inner_band-management.jpg"},{"caption":"Above the archway is a representation of Saint Alban, flanked by Saint George and Saint Patrick. Notice that Saint George is slaying a dragon and Saint Patrick has his bishop's crosier and a bell decorated with a shamrock. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/13_Alban_flanked_by_George_and_Patrick_1.JPG"},{"caption":"St. Augustine of Hippo is one of four doctors (theologians) of the Church on the exterior. The other three are Abrose, Antanasius, and Chrysostom. These same four appear in the reredos. Ausgustine's mother, Monica, is near the 53rd Street entrance. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/14_st_augustine_of_hippo.jpg"},{"caption":"Near the top of the church, Edward the Confessor is flanked by four Brits on his right (Temple, Neale, Andrewes, and Cranmer) and four Americans on his left (Provoost, Hobart, Potter, and Huntington). A similar arrangement is in the reredos. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/15_edward_and_the_eight_2.JPG"},{"caption":"At the very top of the Fifth Avenue facade we see "the rood group:" Jesus on the cross, with Mary, his mother, and John, the beloved disciple at the foot of the cross. "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.&quo ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/16_rood_group_1.JPG"},{"caption":"To the north of the main entrance, but still along Fifth Avenue, lies the north porch and a rarely used entrance. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/17_north_porch.jpg"},{"caption":"Above the door at the north porch, a representation of Ernest Stires, who was rector at the time of the building of this, the fourth church building for the parish. He is shown holding a miniature of the church building itself. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/18_north_porch-stires_with_model_of_stc.jpg"},{"caption":"Just to the north of the main entrance (but still on Fifth Avenue) is what is known as the "bride's door." It is indeed often used for weddings. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/19_brides_door_distant.jpg"},{"caption":"Above the bride's door are carvings related to marriage. An image of Jesus at the wedding of Cana is on the left, and at right is a more contemporary marriage ceremony. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/20_carving_above_brides_door.jpg"},{"caption":"The 53rd Street side of Saint Thomas Church in its newly repaired and clean state. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/21_53rd_street_side_1.JPG"},{"caption":"Note the three levels of windows: the Chantry Chapel windows at bottom, the side gallery windows in the middle, and the cleristory windows at top. All of these windows have recently been restored. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/22_53rd_street_side_2.jpg"},{"caption":"Because the plexiglass has been permanently removed from the exterior of the windows, it is easy to see the tiny lead fitting and individuals pieces of stained glass, even from the outside. This is a Chantry Chapel window. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/23_exterior_of_Helena_and_Elizabeth_of_Hungary_window.jpg"},{"caption":"The 53rd Street entrance to the church is rarely used, but is quite beautiful. It is known as the Lyon Memorial and was dedicated on October 25, 1964. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/24_53rd_street_entrance_to_the_church_lyon_memorial.jpg"},{"caption":"The Lyon Memorial depicts four women, two on each side. This is appropriate because the doorway leads to the back of the Chantry Chapel, which itself is dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin. Here is Sarah, mother of Isaac. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/25_sarah.jpg"},{"caption":"Next to Sarah is Hannah, mother of Samuel. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/26_hannah.jpg"},{"caption":"To the east of the doorway is Monica, mother of Augustine of Hippo, who encouraged him to become a Christian. Augustine is represented on the Fifth Avenue facade. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/27_monica.jpg"},{"caption":"Next to Monica is Saint Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist and cousin of Mary. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/28_elizabeth.jpg"},{"caption":"Above the doorway of the 53rd Street entrance to the church is the angel Gabriel, the great messenger who made God's will known to Mary and Joseph and to Zacharias and Elizabeth. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/29_gabriel.jpg"},{"caption":"Immediately above the entrance to the parish house on 53rd Street is, appropriately, the shield of Saint Thomas. It includes a sword and a carpenter's square. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/30_st_thomas_shield.jpg"}]}