Stained Glass Stories

The Story of the Stained Glass Windows of Sacred Heart Church

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St. Rose of Lima, The Holy Trinity, St. Agnes

The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Angels & Saints in Heaven

The Assumption of Mary into Heaven

The Descent of the Holy Spirit Upon the Apostles and Mary

The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven

The Resurrection of Jesus

Jesus is Laid in the Tomb.

The Holy Family

The Annunciation – The Angel Gabriel Annouces to Mary that She is to be the Mother of God.

The Visitation – Mary visits Her Cousin Elizabeth who is also with Child.
(St. John the Baptist)

The Nativity & Birth of Christ

The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple.

The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple After He Had Been Lost for Three Days.

The Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.

Stained Glass Located in the Sanctuary

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Christ In the Garden of Gethsemani

Christ Weeps Over Jerusalem

Christ the Weary Traveler

Christ the King

Facing the organ loft, the windows illustrate the following events in the life of Christ. However, the 4 small windows at the very top are the symbols of the 4 Evangelists.

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“St. Matthew is represented by a divine man because the Gospel highlights Jesus’ entry into this world, first by presenting His family lineage — “A family record of Jesus Christ, Son of David, son of Abraham” (Mt 1:1) — and His incarnation and birth: “Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about” (Mt 1:18). “This then,” according to St. Irenaeus, “is the Gospel of His humanity; for which reason it is, too, that the character of a humble and meek man is kept up through the whole Gospel.” 

St. Mark, represented by the winged lion, references the Prophet Isaiah when he begins his gospel: “Here begins the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In Isaiah the prophet it is written: ‘I send my messenger before you to prepare your way: a herald’s voice in the desert, crying, “Make ready the way of the 

Lord, clear Him a straight path.”” “The voice in the desert crying“ reminds one of a lion’s roar, and the prophetical spirit descending to earth reminds one of a “winged message.” The lion also signified royalty, an appropriate symbol for the Son of God. 

The winged ox represents St. Luke. Oxen were used in temple sacrifices. For instance, when the Ark of the Covenant was brought to Jerusalem, an ox and a fatling were sacrificed every six steps (2 Sm 6). St. Luke begins his Gospel with the announcement of the birth of St. John the Baptizer to his father, the priest Zechariah, who was offering sacrifice in the Temple (Lk 1). St. Luke also includes the parable of the Prodigal Son, in which the fatted calf is slaughtered, not only to celebrate the younger son’s return, but also to foreshadow the joy we must have in receiving reconciliation through our most merciful Savior who as Priest offered Himself in sacrifice to forgive our sins. Therefore, the winged ox reminds us of the priestly character of our Lord and His sacrifice for our redemption. 

Lastly, St. John is represented by the rising eagle. The Gospel begins with the “lofty” prologue and “rises” to pierce most deeply the mysteries of God, the relationship between the Father and the Son, and the incarnation: “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was in God’s presence, and the Word was God. He was present to God in the beginning. Through Him all things came into being, and apart from Him nothing came to be” (Jn 1:1-3). And “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we have seen His glory: The glory of an only Son coming from the Father filled with enduring love” (Jn 1:14). The Gospel of St. John, unlike the other Gospels, engages the reader with the most profound teachings of our Lord, such as the long discourses Jesus has with Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman, and the beautiful teachings on the Bread of Life and the Good Shepherd. Jesus, too, identified Himself as “the way, the truth, and the life,” and anyone who embraces Him as such will rise to everlasting life with Him. 

While each of these symbols focuses on the particular theme of each Gospel, only in penetrating all four Gospels do we encounter fully our Lord.”

(Descriptions of the Four Evangelists credit –

The Good Shepard
“I know mine and mine know me.”

The 12 Promises of Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque

Jesus and the Little Children
“Suffer the Little Children to come unto me and forbid them not.”

The Apostles Sleeping in the Garden of Gethsemani

The Agony in the Garden

The Scourging at the Pillar

The Crowing with Thorns

The Carrying of the Cross

The Crucifixion

Life of Christ

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Facing the altar, the lower windows along the right and left sides are symbolic of the 12 Apostles.

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St. Matthias

Chosen to take the place of Judas, he is symbolized by an open bible and double-bladed battle axe. he is said to have been beheaded after his missionary work.

St. James the Lesser

Is represented by a saw, since it is said his body was sawn assunder after a horrible martyrdom. He was the first Bishop of Jerusalem.

St. Jude

This apostle traveled far on missionary journeys in the company with Simon, according to tradition, hence the ship.

St. Simon the Zealot

Through the power of the Gospel, Simon became a great fisher of men.

St. Matthew

He is symbolized by a money chest referring to his orginal calling as a tax collector for the Romans.

St. Thomas

Is symbolized by a carpenter’s square and spear because he is said to have built a church with his own hands in India. later, he was persecuted there and was killed with a spear by a pagan priest.

St. Peter

The crossed keys recall Peter’s confession and our Lord’s gift to him of the keys of the Kingdom.
(Matt. 16:18-19)


St. Andrew

Tradition says that while Andrew was preaching in Greece, he was put to death on a cross in the form of an X. It was St. Andrew who gave the Lord the 5 loaves and 2 fishes with which to feed the multitude.


St. James the Greater

The scallop shells are symbols of pilgrimage, and stand for this apostle’s zeal and missonary spirit. He was the first apostle to die. He was beheaded.


St. John

Early writers state that Jon once drank from a poisoned chalice and was unharmed. Jesus once said that John should drink of His cup. He was the brother of James the Greater. Jesus also told him to take care of Mary.


St. Philip

Is symbolized by a cross and 2 loaves of bread because of Philip’s remark when Jesus fed the multitude.
(John 6:7)


St. Nathaniel

Is said to have been flayed alive in India; hence he is usually represented by a flaying knife.