|Stained Glass Window|
On March 21, 2012, a round stained glass window was installed on the east wall of the church. Design and fabrication, as well as installation, was done by Baut Studios of Swoyersville, Pennsylvania. The central round panel is a dove, representing the Holy Spirit. The seven surrounding wedge-shaped segments depict the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The symbols are as follows: a book for knowledge, a sword for courage, a burning bush for wonder and awe, a smoking thurible for reverence, a lamp for wisdom, a scale for counsel (or prudence) and an anchor for understanding.
The Burning Bush for "Wonder & Awe in the Presence of the Lord". It represents Moses being told to take off his shoes (Ex3:4-5).
The Smoking Brazier, or thurible, represents Reverence - depicting the Holy covenant we have with our God (Gen15:17,18).
The top section of the window holds a Lighted Lamp. We asked for a burning oil lamp representing the wise virgins at the wedding.... Light gives us Wisdom in making our decisions and revealing truth.....(Mt25:1,2).
Right Judgement obviously through the Scales of justice and weighing your decisions before acting. King Solomon Fairness and equality, asking for the Spirit's guidance in decision making...(First Book of Kings 3:9)
Understanding (Mt1:21) .... the Stole of the Penitential Rite Draped over the Anchor that holds us firm in our faith. Understanding our need for healing and recognizing that in the sacrament of Reconciliation we learn more about understanding ourselves and others, that Christ came to save us from our sins.
Courage .... the Sword on Fire to give us the courage to defend our faith. The sword that entered the side of Christ so that He could pour out all his blood for our salvation and just as a wildfire spreads and grows, with this gift of the Spirit we join our spirit with His to spread the faith through our actions. Isaiah 49:1-6
Future windows? See March 18th bulletin.