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Doorway Panel facing College Avenue
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The two side entrances to the narthex have church seals above them.

The one to the north is an early 14th century church seal of the lily among the thorns. The inscription translated reads: “As a lily among thorns, so is my friend among the daughters.” It is very provincial, Bilavian Dutch.

 

 

 

 

 







The symbol above the south entrance is that of the Reformed Church in America. It includes the coat of arms of the House of Orange during the 18th century. Hope College has been affiliated with the Reformed Church in America since its founding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






Beneath the balcony are two sets of four panels symbolic of young women and young men. They honor two student organizations in existence at the time, the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) and the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).

To the north are windows in tribute to the YWCA. It features the organization's logo with the motto, "Faith, Hope, Love" and has windows showing a "model young woman," "an ideal young woman," and a figure of The Cross and Crown with the motto, written in Latin, the Greek phrase, "In this (sign) you will conquer." The windows were a gift of Mrs. Frances Phelps Otte, the first female graduate of Hope College.





To the south are windows in tribute to the YMCA. It features the organization's logo with the motto, "Body, Mind, Spirit", and a figure of The Cross and Crown with the motto, written in Latin, the Greek phrase "In this (sign) you will conquer." There are two depictions of young men. The one titled "Christus" resembles a painting "Christ in the Temple" (1881) by the German painter Henrich Hoffman. These windows were a gift of the Class of 1907.

 

 



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