Our Stained Glass Windows

The Eight Round Art Glass Windows

In the Sistine Chapel in Rome Michelangelo painted Creation on the ceiling and the End of the World on the wall behind the altar. Our eight windows start with creation on the south window and finish with the end of the universe behind the altar. 
Our eight windows start with creation on the south window and finish with the end of the universe behind the altar with the smiling, welcoming Jesus. (left) the The heart the Church, the Eucharist, Below are two of the Old Testament windows. (left to right) The southeast window shows the sacrifice of Noah. Above is the rainbow, a sign of God's promise. Below, hidden in the stones of the altar, are the shepherd's staff and crown of King David. The, southwest window shows the parting of the Red Sea, the pillar of fire and pillar of cloud that led the Jews for 40 years. The center shows the burning bush containing an outline of the tablets of the Ten Commandments. 
 
The south window shows the beginning of the universe represented with an explosion of God's Word - The Son - "...and God said..." The stars explode out from the center of the window and continue into all the windows. 
The next two windows (SE & SW) are the first stage of Salvation History, the Old Testament.
The southeast window shows the sacrifice of Noah. Above is the rainbow, a sign of God's promise. Below, hidden in the stones of the altar, are the shepherd's staff and crown of King David.
 
The southwest window shows the parting of the Red Sea, the pillar of fire and the pillar of cloud that lead the Jews for 40 years, the burning bush and an outline of the tablets of the Ten Commandments.
 
The east and west windows show the New Testament - the second stage of Salvation History.
 
The east window shows the Sacrifice of the Cross; including a crown of thorns, three crosses and some nails. It is a somber window.
 
The west window is the gentle Sea of Galilee where Jesus did most of His preaching, the loaves and fishes, a fishing net and the star of Bethlehem. 
The next two windows show the Church.
 
The northwest window shows Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, with a strong driving wind, the tongues of fire and the waters of Baptism.
 Across from this is the heart of the Church , the Eucharist. The perimeter represents the earth and the fact that Mass is celebrated all over the world by all peoples (catholic). The windows on the east side all show sacrifices; Noah, Jesus and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The windows on the west side all show water; baptism/salvation.
The window behind the altar is the Glorified Christ, the end of the universe when all creation again comes to God, where it started. He is a smiling and welcoming Jesus.

 

The theology of the windows was the inspiration of Fr. Sigmund, Art & Design by Bob Hansman and the production was completed by Artglass Unlimited.
 
 

The Stained Glass from the Old Church

5 stained glass windows were saved and restored from the Kimmswick church and installed around the outside of the new church.

This windows depicts Jesus's encounter with the woman at the well in fourth chapter of the Gospel of John.

He had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar,* near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon.
A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”  John 4:4–10.

This windows depicts the Annunciation. 

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.
Luke 1:26–38.

This window shows Jesus working in the carpenter shop with Joseph. 
This window depicts the death of St. Joseph in the presence of Mary and Jesus.

This window depicts Jesus as the Good Shepherd.

I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
John 10:10–11.

 

 

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