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A Centennial History - Chapter 10

Art Glass Windows

First Window (Mary's Side)

 

In the Old Testament the perfect sacrifice which was most pleasing to God was the unblemished lamb. In the New Testament Jesus is referred to by St. John as the "Lamb of God", Agnus Dei in Latin. The Lamb of God sacrificed to take away the sins of the World.



The original window was donated by Charles E. Frick and Family

Second Window (Mary's Side)

 

Mary is the Mediatrix of salvation between Jesus and Mankind. Through Mary's "YES" to bringing the Savior of the world, she receives a place of spiritual royalty as the Mother of the King.
As an expectant mother draws the community around her to the coming of her child, Our Blessed Mother draws us to her as we wait in joyful hope for the second coming of the Savior of the world.
The original window was donated by Mathias and Mary Vondera and Family

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Third Window (Mary's Side)

The cloth with which the holy woman in the crowd wiped the face of Jesus as He was carrying the cross on His way to Calvary. Miraculously, His sacred teatures were imprinted on the veil, which now is preserved in St. Peter's in Rome.
The original window was donated by George and Catherine Overschmidt
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Fourth Window (Mary's Side)

The symbol of apostolic succession the three-tiered tiara, is placed on the newly elected Pope at the coronation ceremonies with the following words: "Receive the tiara adorned with three crowns and know that thou art Father of princes and kings, Ruler of the world, Vicar of our Savior Jesus Christ."
The original window was donated by Johann and Wilhelmina Otten.

 

Fifth Window (Mary's Side)

Jesus entrusted a specific authority to Peter: "And I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:19. The 'power of the keys' designates authority to govern the house of God, which is the church.  Jesus, the Good Shepherd, confirmed this mandate after his Resurrection: "Feed my sheep."  The power to "bind and loose" connotes the authority to absolve sins, to pronounce doctrinal judgments, and to make disciplinary decisions in the Church. Jesus entrusted this authority to the Church through the ministry of the apostles and in particular through the ministry of Peter, the only one to whom he specifically entrusted the keys of the kingdom.  - Catechism of the Catholic Church : Paragraph 553, Page 142
 

First Window (St. Joseph Side)


An old legend says that when there is no food, the pelican tears her breast and feeds her young with her own blood.  This story made the bird a symbol of charity, mother of love and self-sacrifice. The pelican icon is a symbol of the Precious Blood of, Christ, which nourishes us in the Eucharist.
The original window was donated by the parents of Maria Finder.
Second Window (St. Joseph Side)


The Immaculate Heart of Mary symbolizes Mary's spiritual life. Simeon's prophecy in Luke 2:35 "And thy own soul, a sword shall pierce, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed" foreshadows the passion and death of her only begotten Son.
The original window was donated by Henry and Anna Lindemann
 
Third Window (St. Joseph Side)


The cloth with which the holy woman in the crowd wiped the face of Jesus as He was carrying the cross on His way to Calvary.  Miraculously, His sacred features were imprinted on the veil, which now is preserved in St. Peter's in Rome. The Sacred Heart burning with love for mankind is super imposed on an anchor.  The Sacred Heart image symbolizes the love with which Jesus continually loves the Eternal Father and all human beings without exception.  Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an anchor of our faith.  In liturgical art the anchor is a symbol of the virtue of hope. Not the hope for things to come, but confidence in Divine Providence and Will. Our trust in the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the anchor that secures us through the storms of life.
The original window was donated by Jacob and Franciska Gaasch.
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Fourth Window (St. Joseph Side)


 


A solemn agreement between God and his greatest creation, Man. The five covenants symbolized in this window are God's covenants with Noah, symbolized by the rainbow; God's covenant with Abraham, symbolized by crossed trumpets promising to make his tribe a great nation; God's covenant with Moses, symbolized by the ten commandments; God's covenant with David, symbolized by the menorah; and the New Everlasting covenant of the promised Savior Jesus Christ symbolized by the center of our faith, the Eucharist.
The original window was donated by Henry and Frances Hanneken.

 

Fifth Window (St. Joseph Side)


The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the blessed Trinity who proceeds from the Father and the Son, yet is equal to them in every respect. To Him are attributed the works of love, regeneration, revelation and sanctification. Holy Scripture records four instances where the Holy Spirit appeared with a visible sign. The Holy Spirit appeared as a visible sign at the baptism of Jesus, the Transfiguration, when Jesus appeared to the apostles in the locked room after the Resurrection and on the feast of Pentecost.  
The grace of the Holy Spirit has the power to justify us, that is, to cleanse us from our sins and to communicate to us "the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ" and through Baptism. - Catechism of the Catholic Church Paragraph 1987, Page 481

 

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