Stained Glass Windows
Melchizedek was 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 written within the sun indicating 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 in the words, “I Am Who I Am.”
Saul, the First King
1 Samuel 11:15
The figure of Saul appears in his armor with breast-plate and sword, wearing a crown denoting his kingship. His pride that led to his downfall is indicated by the arch of triumph that he erected to himself after his victories, contrary to the instructions he received from God.
1 Samuel 16
His early life as a shepherd is indicated by the staff he holds in his right hand while his left holds the harp that he played to soothe the troubled Saul. The Lily growing from the tree symbolizes Mary as a descendent of David.
The Vision of Daniel
Nebuchadnezzar has a dream that is interpreted by Daniel as a large statue, the parts of which are the great empires of the world, shattered by a large stone rolled from a mountain. The stone symbolizes the new kingdom that Christ establishes, a mountain that replaces 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 formed in its upper branches.
Alpha and Omega (PROPOSED)
Genesis 1: 26-31
God is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is the Author of Life who rules over all. He creates men and women in his image and gives them dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the animals. He gives humanity seed-bearing plants and fruit-bearing trees for food. God, the Father, is glorified by the beauty of creation and the wonder of his works.
Source and Summit (PROPOSED)
Lk 22:14-20; Jn 6: 53-58
The Church draws her life from the Eucharist, the source and summit of the Christian life. In the holy sacrifice of the Mass, the Church offers praise and thanksgiving to the Father. Members of Christ’s Mystical Body lift up their hearts to the Lord, uniting themselves to Christ (the Chi Rho) and his Paschal sacrifice. By the power of the Holy Spirit (the Dove), the earthly gifts of bread and wine become the very Body and Blood of our Lord.
Diverse crowns symbolize the three kings who traveled 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 pattern of smoke curling upward to the Chi Rho and the Lily. The myrrh is suggested by the sprigs of the shrub from which it is extracted. The star that guided the Magi appears in the upper panel.
Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-40
Christ seated on a donkey enters triumphantly into the city of Jerusalem. Palms form a pattern in the lower section.
Reference is made to the book of Revelation, chapter 22. God and the Lamb are seated on a throne from which life-giving water issues. On each side of the river grow the trees of life that produce fruit twelve times a year, thus, twelve fruits in the trees. The waters flow around a gleaming city, the new Jerusalem – symbolically suggested by the buildings in the lower section.
Christ as King from the Cross
The Cross 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 affirm that Christ died for all people. The rending of the temple veils at the time of Christ’s death is suggested above. The Chalice receives the Blood of Christ from his sude to indicate the on-going effects of Christ’s death. The Crown surmounts the Chi Rho, symbol of Christ.
Christ the King with the Father and the Holy Spirit
Christ figure seated with the triangle about his head symbolizing the Trinity, Father (sun), and Holy Spirit (dove).
Christ, King of the Universe (PROPOSED)
Hebrews 1: 1-14; Ephesians 1:17-23;
Psalm 93:1-5; Psalm 47:1-9
Christ Jesus is omnipotent. He is the heir of all things, and through him, God created the universe. All peoples, nations, and languages serve him. His dominion is everlasting and his kingship is unending. The Lord is enthroned in majesty amid shouts of joy and trumpet blasts. He is far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion. All the angels of God worship him.
Holy Family (PROPOSED)
Matthew 1: 1, 16-17; 1 Peter 2:9
Christ’s birth was foretold by prophets and heralded by angels. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary into the household of Joseph, a descendant of King David. He was hailed as the newborn “King of the Jews.” Magi adored him, and kings feared him. His human family was to serve as a model for the Church – a chosen family, a royal priesthood, a holy people.
True Vine (PROPOSED)
Jn 15: 1-9
Christ is the true vine, and God, the Father, is the vine grower. The followers of Christ are branches on the vine; if they remain in him, they grow and bear fruit. Without the vine, the branches wither and die. The faithful bear fruit and glorify God by remaining with Christ and keeping his word.
Moses and the Rock of Horeb (PROPOSED)
Psalm 95:1-2; Exodus 17:3-7
In the Old Covenant, Moses strikes the rock of salvation, and water flows from it for the Israelites to drink. In the New Covenant, God’s thirsting people find salvation in the living waters of baptism.