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The Stained Glass Windows of
Saint Benedict Catholic Church

Stories from the Past, Present and Future

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The Rose windows are metaphorically the "Beginning" and the "End". The Rose window above the altar-table, with the amber and purple representing bread and wine, symbolizes the "Blessed Sacrament of the Altar," the Eucharist. This celebration brings parishioners together to honour Jesus' sacrifice and memory and to "break bread" in assembly. This theme ties also to the Eucharistic Chapel where Sattler's studio has created an elegant curved glass wall. The curve of the glass and wheat pattern on it focus our attention on the Tabernacle, by softly framing it. This wheat pattern continues along the straight glass walls that separate the chapel from the nave.

Inside the chapel, four new stained glass windows help create an oasis for prayer and meditation. These windows, entitled "New Life Through Change," represent the seasons of life, In the first window, just as we are given life through Jesus'

Resurrection, new life springs forth from a seed. The second window shows a young branch of leaves, representing youth and the future. In the third, there is a fully-grown mature tree, full of energy and purpose.

And in the last window is an old tree rich with the experiences of faith and life; below are different seeds, which symbolize the continuing circle of life. At the bottom, the waters of the river of life run through the four windows. Gently, these windows create a quiet space for pause and reflection.

In the two Reconciliation rooms, there are new Saint Benedict windows. These windows celebrate the attributes of this influential monk who is famous for writing the Rule of St. Benedict. He recognized and promoted the value of work - manual labour as well as education. Therefore his monks became builders, farmers, skilled tradesmen, scholars and writers. So he is shown with a book and a shovel. There are also several stories associated with his life that are symbolized in these windows.

The broken glass refers to a time when he was almost poisoned when offered something to drink; he blessed the glass and it broke before he could drink. The thorn bush alludes to his ability to resist temptation and live an austere existence. The bird represents his softer side, because it is said that one would come from the neighboring woods to be fed by St. Benedict each day at dinnertime.

At the Baptismal Font, a dove representing the descent of the Holy Spirit has been painted on clear glass and rests on the wall opposite the ambry, which is also made of clear glass, like the interior chapel walls.

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