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Stained Glass Windows

“Then God said:
Let there be light, and there was light.”

Genesis 1:3

The windows of St Patrick Catholic Church meld the old with the new and each tell of Jesus’ glory.  Read on to learn about the meaning, design, and history of our beautiful windows.

The
Gospel of John
is unique for many reasons…

but one particularly important part of this gospel is the perfection (seven) of “I am” statements. Each of these statements appear on one of the window sills as a descriptor of the beautiful glasswork above.

I am the Bread of Life (John 6:47-51)

I am the Light of the World (John 8:12)

Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. (John 10:7-9)

I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-15)

I am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25-27)

I am the Way, The Truth, and The Life (John 14:6)

I am the Vine, you are the branches (John 15:1-9)

Genesis to Revelation

Each of the other “new” windows in the sanctuary point to the omnipresence of God.  
He is, was, and ever shall be.

Here you also see a unique element of John’s Gospel – the introduction.  John’s first verses tell of a new creation and roughly mirror the creation account in Genesis.  John is describing the creation of the new covenant in Jesus Christ.

In the beginning… (Genesis 1:1, John 1:1)

I am the living water (John 4:7-10)

Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I Am. (John 8:58)

I am in the Father and the Father is in me. (John 10:38)

I am the Alpha and the Omega. (Revelation 8)

Stained glass windows first started appearing in churches as early as the 4th century.  Around the 12th century, stained glass become a more legitimate and honored art form.  During this time, many people were either not able to read or did not own a Bible, so the windows became a way for the people to learn more about scripture.  The windows would bring the scriptural stories to life, right before their eyes.

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