Our Stained Glass

Gloria Christi Chapel

The Gloria Christi Window
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The central figure in the window is Christ, the Son of Man, coming in glory and sitting on His throne. His glory encompasses Stephan, the first martyr who was stoned to death, on His right (“full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw God’s glory and Jesus standing at the right side of God”) and St. Paul on His left. Paul was converted while on the way to Damascus to persecute and destroy the Christians there. A bright light knocked him from his horse to the ground and Jesus identified Himself to Saul, who later changed his name to Paul to indicate his total change in belief.

The Gloria Christi Christ Window

Christ Window

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The symbolism on the window to the left of the chapel altar, from the top to the bottom:

  • CHI RHO: the monogram made up of the first two letters of Christ in Greek
  • Bethlehem star: the birth of Christ
  • Flaming chariot: the Ascension (as Elijah was taken to heaven in a fiery chariot)
  • Phoenix in flames: the resurrection–the phoenix is a mythological bird which renews its life through self-destruction.
The Gloria Christi Revelation Window

Revelation Window

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The symbolism on the window to the right of the chapel altar, from the top to the bottom:

  • Right hand holding the seven stars: the reigning Son of Man is Lord of the church (Revelation 1:16)
  • Seven lamps: the Holy Spirit (Revelation 4:5)
  • Tree of life surrounded by the water of life (Revelation 22:1-2)

Sanctuary

Faith, Hope, Love Windows
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The three faceted glass windows on the side of the nave symbolize faith, hope, and love, the products of the Holy Spirit’s work in the people of the church. The window on the left includes the cross, a traditional symbol of Christian faith. In gold tones, the cross illuminates the globe of the earth, thus linking earth to God above.

Hope, symbolized by an anchor, is shown in the middle window. Green, the traditional color for hope, dominates the background in the form of a green tree of life.

The letters LO-VE, spaced in a square, were first designed thus by the artist Robert Indiana. From the blue of God’s love a river of gold and orange pours down to earth.

The chancel items, including the hanging crucifix, were designed and crafted by the Rev. Father Bohdan Kosicki.

Christ Ascending

Christ Ascending

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The faceted glass window flanking the west side of the chancel illustrates the figure of Christ ascending to heaven. A dark area at the bottom indicates the earth left behind. The silhouetted gray figure combines the black of earth and the white of heaven, thereby representing immortality. The celestial city at the top is in oranges and earth tones against a blue background. The horizontal lines of the window suggest a ladder (representing Jacob’s ladder) and symbolize the human desire to be united with God.

Holy Spirit Descending

The Holy Spirit Descending

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Jesus ascended into heaven that He might send the Holy Spirit upon God’s people. The window on the east side of the chancel represents the pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon the church. The heavenly fire envelopes the descending white dove at Pentecost and then continually. The people gathered below are in tones of blue, the spiritual color.