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Judgment Day

 

Christ promised us that He will come again at the end of time. As we read in the Scriptures the Son of Man will come to judge the living and the dead. Jesus is sitting on clouds and is surrounded in majesty and glory. The scene shows Christ holding a scale in one hand and an orb in the other the scales symbolize justice and the orb kingship.

Matthew 24: 29-31

The Coming of the Son of Man.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days,the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

 

Mother of the Church

 

Vatican II (1962-1965)

The Holy Spirit blessed us in our own time through the inspiration of Pope John XXIII. Pope St. John called Vatican II to renew the Church and bring us into our present time.

The council studied the entire scope of the Church and our place in the world.

The council continued under Pope St Paul VI and gave the Blessed Virgin Mary the title “Mother of the Church”

An Image of the Mystical Body

We are the Church, the people of the entire world. Christ died for all regardless of skin color or sex. Christ said, “I am the vine, you are the branches” any person who confesses to be a follower of Christ  takes part in the mission of Christ through baptism, our daily strength comes through the Eucharist. One way that Jesus is with us today is in His Eucharistic presence as seen in the upper right side of the window.

The Vine and the Branches.

John 15: 1-15 I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.
As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.

The Council of Jerusalem Acts 15:1-22

 

All the apostles preached and baptize in the name of the Trinity.  The first community becomes and action group. The new community grows by the grace and gifts of the Holy Spirit.  We see in this scene Peter Baptizing an adult and Paul preaching the Word of God.

Council of Jerusalem.

Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved.” Because there arose no little dissension and debate by Paul and Barnabas with them, it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and presbyters about this question. They were sent on their journey by the church, and passed through Phoenicia and Samaria telling of the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers. When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church, as well as by the apostles and the presbyters, and they reported what God had done with them. But some from the party of the Pharisees who had become believers stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and direct them to observe the Mosaic law.”
The apostles and the presbyters met together to see about this matter. After much debate had taken place, Peter got up and said to them, “My brothers, you are well aware that from early days God made his choice among you that through my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness by granting them the holy Spirit just as he did us. He made no distinction between us and them, for by faith he purified their hearts. Why, then, are you now putting God to the test by placing on the shoulders of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus,g in the same way as they.” The whole assembly fell silent, and they listened while Paul and Barnabas described the signs and wonders God had worked among the Gentiles through them.

Pentecost Acts 2: 1-4

 

The future for the apostles temporarily collapses. They are confused and the Master is gone. The Promise of Christ that he will send the Spirit becomes reality on Pentecost.  Since the Holy Spirit filled their hearts and minds they began their mission for which they were chosen; to continue building the kingdom.  In the scene, we find Mary and the disciples gathered in the upper room on Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended upon them in ‘tongues of fire”.

The Coming of the Spirit

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

The Last Supper and The Resurrection

Last Supper ;  (Luke 22:13 -20)

 This window can bee seen from behind the Sanctuary of the Church. (facing north)   Christ instituted the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper in the upper room. In the scene, we see Jesus at the banquet table with the Twelve.  though Jesus knew the thoughts of Judas Iscariot, Jesus tolerated the human weakness and broke bread with all of them.  Christ gives us Himself in Holy Eucharist – the Bread of Life.

 Resurrection  (John 20 1 -9) This window also seen from behind the Sanctuary of the Church. (facing south) The manifestation of the Divine power is in the Easter Event.  We see in this scene His glorious resurrection.  The darkness of the tomb is behind and the soldier is shielding his eyes against the brightness.

The Three Major Prophets and Daniel

Isaiah (Hebrew ‘salvation of the Lord’) he was from the royal house of the kings of Judah. He foretold the coming of Christ, the mysteries of our redemption, the calling of the Gentiles and the establishment of a people. Little is known about the last days of this great religious leader. it is said that he was martyred by his son-in-law, King Manasses, by being sawed in half we see him holding a saw (top of the window)

Jeremiah (Hebrew; “exalted of the Lord”) It is probable the he belonged to the priestly family of Abiathar. He also foretold the coming of Christ and admonished his people time and time again to turn from idolatry and their evil ways. He prophesied th perils and destruction of his people and Jerusalem. he was a severe critic of his government. He was forced into Egyptian exile and there, according to an old tradition hew as murdered by his own countrymen. It is told the the as stoned to death. We see him holding a stone. (Upper middle of window)

Ezekiel (Hebrew; “God Hardens”) He was of a priestly group and among the people who were taken captives and brought to Babylon. He foretold the coming of Christ and the restoration of Jerusalem. He told his people to repent and of ht promos of salvation in a new covenant. In the scene, he is holding a closed gate symbolic of the closing of the old Covenant and the destruction of Jerusalem so the Christ could being the new and everlasting covenant and open the door to the new and heavenly Jerusalem. By such teachings he helped prepare for the New Testament doctrine of salvation through grace. (Lower middle window)

Daniel (Hebrew: “the Lord is Judge”) His wisdom was great and he came into the king’s favor for interpreting dreams and signs. His enemies made a law forbidding prayer, but he disregarded this and was thrown into the lions den. He emerged unharmed. We see him with a lion. He also foretold that the Kingdom of god will ultimately triumph. (bottom window)

Exodus 20: 1 -26

 

 

God gave us, through Moses, the law so that we can have a guide for living our lives.  God gave Moses the tablets on Mount Sinai.  Moses was on sacred ground and so he removed his shoes and laid down his staff. God then charged Moses to tell the people to live by the Ten Commandments. the first there commandments deal with our relationship with God and the last seven deal with our relationship with one another.

The Ten Commandments.

Then God spoke all these words, I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall not have other gods beside me. You shall not make for yourself an idolc or a likeness of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth;
you shall not bow down before them or serve them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their ancestors’ wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation but showing love down to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
You shall not invoke the name of the LORD, your God, in vain. For the LORD will not leave unpunished anyone who invokes his name in vain.
Remember the sabbath day—keep it holy. Six days you may labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God.f You shall not do any work, either you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your work animal, or the resident alien within your gates.
For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the LORD has blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. Honor your father and your mother, that you may have a long life in the land the LORD your God is giving you. You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Moses Accepted as Mediator.

Now as all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the blast of the shofar and the mountain smoking, they became afraid and trembled. So they took up a position farther away 19and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we shall die.”
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid, for God has come only to test you and put the fear of him upon you so you do not sin.” So the people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the dark cloud where God was.

The Covenant Code.

The LORD said to Moses: This is what you will say to the Israelites: You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven. You shall not make alongside of me gods of silver, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold. An altar of earth make for me, and sacrifice upon it your burnt offerings and communion sacrifices, your sheep and your oxen.
In every place where I cause my name to be invoked* I will come to you and bless you. But if you make an altar of stone for me, do not build it of cut stone, for by putting a chisel to it you profane it. You shall not ascend to my altar by steps, lest your nakedness be exposed.

Exodus 12: 1 -28

God delivered the Israelites from the bondage of the Egyptians. God told Moses to instruct the people to prepare meal consisting of lamb, unleavened bread and bitter herbs. The blood of the lamb should be sprinkled on the two doorposts and the lintel of the house. This was a sign for the Angel to Passover the marked houses.  the first-born male of the Egyptians as well as the first born among the animals were to be killed that night. We see an Israelite family with the lamb for the meal and the young boy holding the cup for the blood.   This event relates to Christ, our Paschal Lamb and our deliverance from evil/sin/darkness/slavery/bondage. The Israelites then, under the leadership of Moses, leave Egypt through the waters of the Red Sea into the desert. This event is indicated in the lower right side of the window.

The Passover Ritual Prescribed.

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month will stand at the head of your calendar; you will reckon it the first month of the year. Tell the whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this month every family must procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.
If a household is too small for a lamb, it along with its nearest neighbor will procure one, and apportion the lamb’s cost* in proportion to the number of persons, according to what each household consumes. Your lamb must be a year-old male and without blemish. You may take it from either the sheep or the goats.
You will keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, and then, with the whole community of Israel assembled, it will be slaughtered during the evening twilight. They will take some of its blood and apply it to the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.
They will consume its meat that same night, eating it roasted with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or even boiled in water, but roasted, with its head and shanks and inner organs. You must not keep any of it beyond the morning; whatever is left over in the morning must be burned up.
This is how you are to eat it: with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand, you will eat it in a hurry. It is the LORD’s Passover. For on this same night I will go through Egypt, striking down every firstborn in the land, human being and beast alike, and executing judgment on all the gods of Egypt—I, the LORD!
But for you the blood will mark the houses where you are. Seeing the blood, I will pass over you; thereby, when I strike the land of Egypt, no destructive blow will come upon you. This day will be a day of remembrance for you, which your future generations will celebrate with pilgrimage to the LORD; you will celebrate it as a statute forever.
For seven days you must eat unleavened bread. From the very first day you will have your houses clear of all leaven. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day to the seventh will be cut off* from Israel. On the first day you will hold a sacred assembly, and likewise on the seventh.
On these days no sort of work shall be done, except to prepare the food that everyone needs. Keep, then, the custom of the unleavened bread,d since it was on this very day that I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. You must observe this day throughout your generations as a statute forever.
From the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month until the evening of the twenty-first day of this month you will eat unleavened bread. For seven days no leaven may be found in your houses; for anyone, a resident alien or a native, who eats leavened food will be cut off from the community of Israel.
You shall eat nothing leavened; wherever you dwell you may eat only unleavened bread.

Promulgation of the Passover.

Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and procure lambs for your families, and slaughter the Passover victims. Then take a bunch of hyssop,* and dipping it in the blood that is in the basin, apply some of this blood to the lintel and the two doorposts. And none of you shall go outdoors until morning.
For when the LORD goes by to strike down the Egyptians, seeing the blood on the lintel and the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over that door and not let the destroyer come into your houses to strike you down. “You will keep this practice forever as a statute for yourselves and your descendants.
Thus, when you have entered the land which the LORD will give you as he promised, you must observe this rite. When your children ask you, ‘What does this rite of yours mean?’ you will reply, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice for the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt; when he struck down the Egyptians, he delivered our houses.’”
Then the people knelt and bowed down, and the Israelites went and did exactly as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron.

Abraham: Genesis 22: 1- 13

 

God made a Covenant with us through the person of Abraham.  Trough this act, Abraham became our father in Faith.  We see Abraham holding a knife. He is ready to sacrifice his only son Isaac, who was born by Abrahms’ wife, Sarah.  God tested Abraham’s obedience with this request, but spared Isaac’s life.  Abraham was told to sacrifice the ram which was caught tin the briers instead.  The ram appears in the lower righthand side of the window.

The Testing of Abraham.

Some time afterward, God put Abraham to the test and said to him: Abraham! “Here I am!” he replied. Then God said: Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There offer him up as a burnt offering on one of the heights that I will point out to you.
Early the next morning Abraham saddled his donkey, took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac, and after cutting the wood for the burnt offering, set out for the place of which God had told him.
On the third day Abraham caught sight of the place from a distance. Abraham said to his servants: “Stay here with the donkey, while the boy and I go on over there. We will worship and then come back to you.”
So Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two walked on together, Isaac spoke to his father Abraham. “Father!” he said. “Here I am,” he replied. Isaac continued, “Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”
“My son,” Abraham answered, “God will provide the sheep for the burnt offering.” Then the two walked on together. When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. Next he bound* his son Isaac, and put him on top of the wood on the altar.
Then Abraham reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, “Abraham, Abraham!” “Here I am,” he answered. “Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the angel. “Do not do the least thing to him. For now I know that you fear God,
since you did not withhold from me your son, your only one.” Abraham looked up and saw a single ram caught by its horns in the thicket. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering in place of his son.