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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.