The Stained Glass Windows of Resurrection Church

 

The Stained Glass Windows of Resurrection Church

 

In speaking about stained glass windows, Michael Schrauzer, a noted artist and graphic designer said . . . “they are the crowning glory of the glazier’s art, triumphs of technology and the medieval Catholic spirit. If they fail to do what ordinary windows do, it is because they have been designed to do something very much out of the ordinary. They are windows in excelsis, bearers of light and beauty and meaning, meant to be looked at, not through. They are, in other words, not windows plain and simple, but true “picture” windows, elevated to the status of fine art, and brought to the service of God. Instead of views of the world outside, they frame within themselves scenes of a world richly illuminated with meaningful symbols and sacred imagery, very suitable for instructing the people in the faith.”1

Pope Benedict XVI likened stained glass windows to our faith . . . “From the outside, those windows are dark, heavy, and even dreary.  But once one enters the church, they suddenly come alive; reflecting the light passing through them, they reveal all their splendor. . . It is only from the inside, from the experience of faith and ecclesial life, that we see the Church as she truly is: flooded with grace, resplendent in beauty, adorned by the manifold gifts of the Spirit.  It follows that we, who live the life of grace within the Church’s communion, are called to draw all people into this mystery of light.” 2

The windows found in Resurrection church were fashioned and manufactured by Franz Mayer & Company of Munich, Germany. These Munich style windows are recognizable and respected for their elaborate, finely executed painting. The style was composed of painting on relatively large glass panels held in a leaded framework. Each window was made up of small colored glass pieces that were coated with overlay color and tracing lines before being fired and leaded.

Christ, saints, heavenly hosts, and ordinary people are attired in jeweled tone and richly embroidered fabrics. Backgrounds contain intricately woven tapestries and finely laced cloths. Throughout the narrative scenes of lush plantings and a multitude of flowers each so well rendered that botanical identity is possible. The abundant landscaping is reflective of the Romanticist's belief that nature can be the source for the spiritual experience.

We now invite you to take some time to gaze at the beauty and craftsmanship of our windows and mediate on the message they deliver to us.

Footnotes
1 Michael Schrauzer, “Visible Reminders of Invisible Light,” Catholic Answers Magazine,” Volume 22, Number 2 (March 2011)
2 Pope Benedict XVI, “Votive Mass for the Universal Church: from the Homily of His Holiness, Benedict XVI,” St. Patrick Cathedral, New York, April 19, 2008.

 

 

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