Tag Archives: stained glass

things I will miss (2 of …)

22 Mar

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When I leave St. Andrew, I will miss the view from the presider’s chair.

As I sit down after praying the opening prayer at Mass, I look across the sanctuary toward the ambo. Lectors, like Ray, bow at the foot of the sanctuary steps toward the table of the Eucharist, and walk toward the table of the Word to proclaim the daily scriptures to us.

Their shirts do not always match the color of the bound lectionary, the book of readings, as they do in the picture above, but they are always standing beside the tabernacle and under the stained glass window of the Immaculate Conception.

Sometimes at the Saturday evening Mass the setting sun shines so brightly through that window that I cannot even see the lector or the lecturn, so blinding is the light coming our way through the “woman clothed with the sun.”

But always I enjoy the colors and the image of Mary with folded arms over her heart, an embrace that held Jesus as a newborn child at the manger and as the crucified savior at the foot of his cross: an embrace of motherhood, faithfulness and devotion.

It is heartening and encouraging to see her embrace of the Word, as we are trying to do the same.

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Yes, Ray, I will miss you, too

Andrew’s saltire cross

30 Nov

In almost every piece of art of Andrew

as in our Andrew window

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in our Andrew statue

00 01 Andrew Statue

and in the “heavenly” window in our choir loft

00 01 Choir Stained Glass

Andrew is pictured with an X-frame or saltire cross.

these “new-old” doors “open wide” at the thought, too

15 Mar

On this day, March 15, new Honduras mahogany doors were installed at the corners of St. Andrew. They match the main doors.

The doors and the hardware are new.  The windows – you guessed it – were taken out of the old doors, refurbished, and built into these new doors.

They are glorious. Come see them.

These doors, too, open wide at the very thought of your coming!