St. Germaine Parish Windows

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Window descriptions by: Fr. Thomas J. Kram
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THE SAINT GERMAINE WINDOW

St. Germaine Cousin of Pibrac, France, (1579-1601) whose feast day is celebrated June 15th, is an unlikely saint. An abandoned child placed in the home of a prosperous businessman, Germaine was mistreated by her stepmother. She suffered throughout her short life from ill health and harsh treatment. Our window depicts Germaine in her occupation as a shepherdess. Germaine holds her shepard's staff with a withered right hand, which was deformed and partly paralyzed . To the right of the window is a candle and the Scriptures ; for although Germaine could neither read nor write, God was the flame of love burning brightly in her soul. Although ill treated at home Germaine was sustained by the Eucharist, symbolized by the Cup and Host . The window also shows the most celebrated incident in Germaine's life. One wintry day Germaine was pursued by her stepmother, who was swinging a heavy club and accusing Germaine of concealing in her apron bread stolen from the stepmother's home. As the stepmother struck Germaine, she demanded the girl unfold her apron. Germaine did and flowers of an unknown kind cascaded to the snow-covered ground. Our artist pictures the flowers as roses , symbolic of sincerity and virtue. Germaine's life was a shining example of Christian living represented by stars in the window. Her child-like innocence and simple life-style are depicted with daisies along the lower part of the window . The virtues of our patroness are a guide for all who are thirsting for the living waters of God's grace; this is seen by the stream of water running along the bottom of the window.

     

Baptismal side of Church starting with the window in the back.

 

Tabernacle side of Church starting with the window in the back.

     
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EUCHARIST


Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me [John 6:57-58]. The Eucharist has always been a central reality and mystery of our Catholic faith. Our window dedicated to the Holy Eucharist features five loaves of bread in the center, along with gold shafts of wheat from which the bread is made Pointer. As Christ's disciples recognized Him after the breaking of bread, [Luke 24:35] we also recognize Jesus in the Eucharist. The miracle of the loaves and fishes is the only miracle story of Jesus found in all four Gospels. The institution of the Eucharist was prefigured by this great miracle, symbolized by the two fish at the lower right side of the window Pointer.
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SACRAMENT OF THE SICK


Beside the statue of the Blessed Mother is the window dedicated to the Sacrament of the Sick. At the bottom of the window you will notice a rainbow symbolizing the inner peace of soul experienced after receiving the Anointing of the Sick pointer. The figure of a person with outstretched arms shows us the acceptance of God's will in coping with the cross of sickness. At the top of the window are olive plants pointer, the source of the oil used in anointing the sick. Green lines run down the sides of the figure, symbolic of the healing power of the peace and healing only Christ can give. Often, as Jesus miraculously healed the sick, He said, "Your faith has saved you." [Mark 5:34] In faith we accept our share in Christ's passion knowing the suffering of Good Friday always leads to the rejoicing and resurrection of Easter Sunday.
     
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BROTHERHOOD


In the true spirit of ecumenism we must never forget we are one family. "I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also my be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me." [John 17:20-21] Hence the Son of Righteousness, seen in the burst in the center of the window, is the one we call brother Pointer. This familiar bond was revealed in the Old Testament by Jacob and his twelve sons. In the New Testament it was seen in the twelve Apostles. Thus, surrounding the burst are twelve stars. To help us keep in mind that by serving the least among us we serve Christ, the artist has placed a small blue star within a bright green orb to the left side of the window Pointer.
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WISDOM


Throughout Scripture the excellence of Wisdom is revealed as a virtue preceding from Goo. In Luke's Gospel [2:52] we are taught taught the young Jesus, "advanced in in wisdom and age and grace before God and man." In our window dedicated to the virtue of Wisdom, the artist asks us to remember the joy of our youth, symbolized by the daisies along the left side Pointer, while seeking Wisdom and growing in God's plan as the Christ Child advanced in Wisdom, age and grace. To the lower right you will see the burning oil lamp representing the love of God in our hearts Pointer. The soft red glass bespeaks the spirit of love in our lives. The simple message of the window is we find joy in pursuing wisdom, keeping us perpetually young in Christ.
     
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PEACE


Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you." [John 14:27] In art, peace is often represented by a dove holding an olive branch Pointer. This symbol of peace can also be found in the Old Testament. "The evening the dove came back to him, [Noah] and there in its bill was a plucked off olive leaf! So Noah knew that the waters had lessened on the earth." [Genesis 8:11] The Green Orb at the center bottom of the window symbolizes the world. Pointer. St. Paul teaches, "At the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." [Philippians 2:10-11] The window shows a silhouette red strip symbolizing the blood of Christ shed upon the cross for us Pointer. At the very core of salvation history is the cross. A partial orange burst with seven red chips of glass is the artist's portrayal of the last seven words spoken by Christ on Good Friday Pointer.
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AUTHORITY AND OBEDIENCE


Aware of the crisis of authority plaguing the world, it seemed appropriate to represent this theme in one of our windows. Almighty God is the ultimate source of authority. At the top of this window is the Hebrew symbol of God. PointerDuring the time of the Old Testament, God's name was too sacred to be spoken or written. Instead, the ancient Israelites used the burst symbol, depicted in our window as two short flaming red pieces of glass with the square white piece of glass placed in a black quarter circle. Wee are entitled to cal God our Father, "Abba", and are able to be reconciled with God and neighbor. In the lord's Prayer Jesus commanded us to forgive one another. [Luke 11:4] In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus gives us the ability to ask for God's mercy and forgiveness. Our window shows the keys Jesus presented to Peter in chapter 16 of Matthew's Gospel Pointer. The Apostles experienced the love and forgiveness of Jesus. By giving the Apostles the authority to forgive sins, [John 20:19-23] Jesus wanted the Twelve to share His love and forgiveness with the world. On the evening of Holy Thursday, at the Last Supper, Jesus washed the feet of the Apostle [John 12:4-10], symbolizing forever the one who has the privilege of authority must serve others. Note the water, towel and feet in the bottom center section Pointer.
     
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CHRIST: PRIEST AND VICTIM


In scripture, Jesus is beautifully portrayed as High Priest and as a Lamb. In the window a red stole encircles the head of the Lamb, signifying the priesthood of Christ Pointer. As High Priest, Christ will be the Victim Lamb whose blood will be poured out as a libation for the forgiveness of sins. John the baptist proclaimed, "Behold the Lamb of Good who takes away the sins of the world." [John 1:29] To the right of the center section we see the sacrifice of Calvary when, between two thieves on Golgotha, the Lamb of God shed His blood, thereby atoning for sin Pointer. As the lamb is noted for meekness, we are invited to share in the mission of the Lamb of God in order to receive His inheritance. To do this we are told by Christ in the Scriptures we must daily take up our cross and follow Him, [Luke 14:27] Hence, throughout the entire window, you will note the various sizes of crosses -ONE FITS YOU, AND DAILY YOU MUST TAKE IT UP Pointer.
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JUSTICE


From the time of the Greeks through the Old and New Testament, justice is among the greatest of all virtues. Because justice has had a central place in philosophy and practice, we have selected justice as a topic for one of our windows A blue chain circles an unbalanced scale Pointer. At the end of the chain are shackles that must be broken if we are to be freed from justice Pointer. The practice of justice will break the bonds imprisoning us, preventing us from finding meaning and dignity in life. In the center of the window is the Mission Orb, the official mission seal of the Catholic Church. The Orb reminds us of our mission as God's people to bring peace, unity and love through the virtue of justice Pointer.
     
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THE CHURCH


The window depicts the missionary journey of the Church, represented by the red boat with the white sail, on the restless waters of life Pointer. At the top of the window is the star that guided the Magi, the first missionaries in the truest sense, to the stable of the newborn Christ Child Pointer. The star is done in pieces of brilliant green reflecting the spirit of faith kindled by the Christ Child. Our initiation into the life of Faith takes place through the Sacrament of Baptism, symbolized in the bottom left of this window by the Baptism shell Pointer. The water is conveyed by the light green span running across the window .Pointer
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CONFIRMATION


Christ referred to His followers as children of the light, [Matthew 5:14] symbolized by the candle. We are enlightened by the flame of the Spirit, depicted along the left side of the window Pointer. The Holy Spirit strengthens us for life's challenges. Confirmation presupposes a deep yearning for the friendship of Christ. Sacred Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit, and teaches us God's plan for salvation - thus the book in the lower right side of the window Pointer. The Sacred Heart of Jesus was pierced as He hung upon the cross, with blood and water flowing forth. [John 19:33-34] Note the heart in the lower part of the window Pointer. The Psalmist says "O God, you are my God-for you I long!" [Psalm 63:1] so should the children of God yearn for His company and seek Him in the Scriptures. Those who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, in particular, may especially want to reflect upon the window.
     
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WINDOW AT THE FRONT BAPTISMAL FONT SIDE


The window is done in a rich gold tone to symbolize the glorious crown all who are saved will receive in eternity Pointer. We will share in His Heavenly Kingdom the glory of Christ's victory and triumph over death. Above the artist pictures the people of God who will merit the glorious crown as being more numerous than all the stars in the skies, a promise God made to Abraham in the Old Testament [Genesis 15:5] Pointer.
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SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE


The bond of marriage is symbolized in the large window on the tabernacle side of the Church. Two rings interlocked portray the marriage commitment through which two become one in Christ Pointer. St. Paul compares the commitment of marriage to God's love for his people, the Church. [Ephesians 5:25-28] The beautiful union of love between husband and wife can bear fruit in God's gift of new life. The joy of birth is symbolized by the crocus at the bottom of the window, a flower representing the joy of new beginnings Pointer. Through Christ we experience growth in holiness and advance in wisdom, age and grace.
     
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RESURRECTION


This window depicts two individuals with arms outstretched reaching up to our resurrected Lord Pointer. They hold their hands in the classic "orans," position, the Latin term for prayer. Similar figures were found in the Roman catacombs, among the earliest representation of Christian art. The green symbolizes life, as when the earth gives forth new life in Spring. The blue symbolizes the sky, reminding us of the ascension of Jesus when His earthly ministry was complete. The gold symbolizes the sun-both in life-giving rays of the sun, and the life-giving sacrifice of the Son Pointer. Note as well the red, symbolic of the drops of blood from the cross Pointer.
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WINDOW AT THE FRONT SIDE ENTRANCE


Two crowns are depicted in these windows The window facing the parking lot represents the crown offered to Jesus by us - the crown of thorns. This crown is dark green representing the thorns of our sinfulness Pointer. The red cross above the crown illustrates how our sinfulness led Jesus to offer himself in the perfect sacrifice of the cross, giving us the gift of salvation Pointer.
     
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