Exploring the Sacred

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Beholding the Sacred

Mary's Side

These lower windows, on the West side of the church depict events from the life of Mary.  They coincide with the tradition of dedicating the left side of the church (from the perspective of the worshiper facing the sanctuary) to Mary.  

Sirach 40:11
​The Dormition of Mary

All that is of earth returns to earth, and what is from above returns above.

Psalm 83:11 (84:11)

The Virtue of Mary

Better one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.  Better the threshold of the house of my God than a home in the tents of the wicked.

Lower Windows

These lower windows, on the East side of the church depict events from the life of Joseph.  The right side of the church was typically dedicated to St. Joseph.  In ancient times, men and women sat on separate sides of the church.  The men on Joseph's side and the women on Mary's side.  

Lamentations 2:13
The Descent from the Cross

To what can I compare you—to what can I liken you—
O daughter Jerusalem?  What example can I give in order to comfort you, virgin daughter Zion?  For your breach is vast as the sea; who could heal you?

Matthew 22:14

The Virtue of Joseph

Many are invited, but few are chosen.

Genesis 41:22
Joseph, Protector of the Church

“Go to Joseph and do whatever he tells you.”

Matthew 2:13
The Flight to Egypt

When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,* and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”

Luke 2:7

The Nativity
...and she gave birth to her firstborn son.  She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Sirach 3:12
Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus

My son, be steadfast in honoring your father;
do not grieve him as long as he lives

Luke 3:29 (could be 23?)

The Death of Joseph

When Jesus began his ministry he was about thirty years of age. He was the son, as was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli...

Sirach 24:8

The Assumption

Then the Creator of all gave me his command, and my Creator chose the spot for my tent. (In praise of Wisdom)

Joseph's Side

Psalm 44 (45)
The Queenship of Mary

I will make your name renowned through all generations; thus nations shall praise you forever. (PS45:18)

Luke 2:35 

The Presentation
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him.