Art and Environment
Stained Glass Windows
Our stained glass windows, executed in earth-tone hand blown glass, have as their theme the Kingship of Jesus. The West wall depicts the Old Testament characters who prefigured Jesus Christ Our King while the East wall features the New Testament fulfillment. The windows over the Baptismal Font represent the Trinity.
West Windows (left when facing the Altar)
|Melchizedek Window (Genesis 14:18-20): Melchizedek was the King of Salem. The figure of Melchizedek is depicted wearing a stole suggesting his twofold dignity as priest and king. He wears the crown of his kingship. He holds the chalice and a leaf suggesting his offering of bread and wine for which his name is placed in the Eucharistic Prayer of the Mass. That Melchizedek is known as the King of Justice and the King of Peace is suggested by the presence of the scale and the olive branch. The city of Salem is symbolized in the lower panel.|
|The Kingship of Yahweh (Exodus 3:14; Judges 8:23): The word, YAHWEH, in Hebrew is indicated within the sun pointing to the splendor of the Father while the Hand of the Creator extends from within the symbol. The reverent expression for the name of God appears below the words, "I Am Who Am".|
|Saul, The First King (1 Samuel 11:15) : The figure of Saul appears in his armor with the breast-plate and sword and wearing a crown denoting his kingship. His pride which led to his downfall is indicated by the arch of triumph which he erected to himself after his victories, contrary to the instructions he received from God.|
|King David (1 Samuel 16): His early life as a shepherd is indicated by the staff he holds in his right hand while in his left he holds the harp which he played to soothe the troubled Saul. The lily growing from the tree symbolizes Mary as a descendent from David.|
|The Vision of Daniel (Daniel 2:31-45): Nebuchadnezzar has a dream which was interpreted by Daniel as a large statue, the parts of which were the great empires of the world and which a large stone rolled from a mountain and shattered it. The stone typified the new Kingdom which Christ would establish and became a mountain replacing the statue. The form of a mountain is suggested with the names of the fallen Kingdoms scattered about it. From the mountain grows a tree symbolizing the Church with the cross form in its upper branches.|
East Windows (right when facing Altar)
|Window of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12): Diverse crowns symbolize the three kings whi travelled from afar to honor Christ born of the Virgin Mary. Christ is suggested by the Chi Rho growing from the lily, a symbol of Mary's purity. The gifts they bore are suggested in the lower panel, that of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The incense forms a patter of smoke curling upward to the Chi Rho and lily while the myrhh is suggested by the sprigs of the shrub from which it is extarcted. The star which guided the Magi appears in the upper panel.|
|Triumphant Entry (Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-40): Christ seated on a donkey with palms forming a pattern in the lower section.|
|Mystical Lamb (Revelation 22): God and the Lamb are seated on a throne from which life-giving water issues. On each side of the river grew the trees of life which produced fruit twelve times a year (twelve fruits in the trees). The waters flowed around a gleaming city symbolically suggested by the buildings in the lower section which refer to the new Jerusalem.|
|Christ as King from The Cross (Mark 16:22-41): The Cross form is suggested with the Chi Rho superimposed. The base of the cross is implanted in the orb symbolically referring to the Church while the crosses of the thieves are present to suggest that Christ died for all men. Above is suggested the renting of the veils of the temple at the time of Christ's death. The Chalice receives the blood from the side of Christ to indicate the on-going effects of Christ's death. The crown surmounts the Chi Rho.|
|Christ the King, with the Father and Holy Spirit (Matthew 25:31). Christ figure seated with the triangle above his head. His head representing the Trinity; Father (sun) and Holy Spirit (Dove).|
- Symbolically the idea is very basic with the presence of the shell in a field of blue suggesting the Baptismal waters. There is a reference to the Baptism of Christ at the Jordan and the descent of the Holy Spirit. The presence of the crown above the Chi Rho is an extension of the theme of the nave windows and a reference to the Kingship of Christ emphasized to us during His public ministry. An abstract reference to the sun completes the idea of Baptism in the name of the three Persons in the Trinity. The forms suggest the opening of the heavens on the reception of a new member of the Christian Family as it was on the banks of the Jordan.
One of the most interesting changes to the Liturgical Environment at Christ Our King during the past few years is the Icon of the Seasons located on the foyer wall. The Icon consists of the Greek Cross surrounded by four changeable fabric panels. The panels and coordinating altar garmets are changed with the liturgical seasons.
- Ordinary Time: Shades of Green and Blue
The four paintings symbolize earth, water, air and fire. On the reverse side are shades of red which will be used for rememberance of martyrs and other occasions.
- Advent/Christmas: Shades of Purple, Red, and Gold
Four integrated paintings symbolize yearning, waiting, Judaic tradition, and the Nativity. On the reverse side are four color field paintings in shades of green and blue which can be used in conjunction with Ordinary Time.
- Lent/Passiontide: Shades of Purple, Red, and Black
Four integrated paintings symbolize penitence, suffering, death, and acceptance. The reverse side color field panels are shades of gold to be used for festive occasions.
- Easter: Shades of Gold, White and Red
Four integrated paintings symbolize the Resurrection as the cosmic sunrise. The reverse panels are shades of purple to be used in conjunction with pentitential times.
The crucifix suspended over the altar depicts the Four Living Creatures of Revelation which represent the four Evangelists. The four Evangelists are also depicted on the brass cover of the Book of Gospels.
- Matthew, apostle and marytr
The "Divine man," since he teaches us about the human nature of Christ and his version of the Gospel begins with Jesus' paternal genealogy.
- Mark, martyr
The winged lion, since he informs us of the royal dignity of Christ, his version of the Gospel begins: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness", suggests the roar of the lion.
- Luke, martyr
The winged ox, since he deals with sacrifical aspects of Christ's life, his version of the Gospel begins with a temple scene.
- John, apostle
The rising eagle, since his gaze pierces so far into the mysteries of heaven, his version of the Gospel begins with a lofty prologue that is a poem of the Word become flesh.
The symbols also reference the life of Christ: The lion signifies the royalty of Christ, the calf his priestly office, the man his incarnation and the eagle the grace of the Holy Spirit.
On October 3, 1997 Bishop David B Thompson dedicated the Holtkamp Organ Opus 2065 in memory of Sarah Joyce Kuhlke. This dedication fulfilled the vision of the church as detailed in the original plans for the building.
Pipe organs have for centuries been the primary instrument used for accompanying the church's body of sacred music. The reasons for this are many are varied. The pipe organ can be used to accompany choral music, solos, and foster congregational singing. It can be used as a solo instrument to enhance a spiritual place. Because pipe organs accomplish this better than any other instrument, the documents in the Roman Catholic tradition promote it as the instrument of choice whenever possible. Through the generosity of the parishoners of Christ Our King we are blessed to have this magnificent instrument to enhance our wonderful music program.