Looking at the dominant window colors - the red, the gold, the green - they are of the cross, the comforting cross.
Window of the rising sun At sunrise when a flash falls across the travertine wall (in the direction of the St. Joseph image) it also draws attention to the east window, such that during the day when people are about to exit from the church they often pause and beginning at the window farthest from the travertine wall they observe four window movements, the last of them to continue to a degree beyond the exit side-door.
The first movement - Mount Sinai-wise - speaks of the Israelites rising from table, the table from which they had eaten a sacrificial meal, a meal that spoke of where they stood with God and the relation of the Passover to the Eucharist of the far future. The second window movement tells of the Passover meal to which Jesus with his chosen disciples had come and were now rising form the table - Jesus to move to his cross, they (with the exception of Judas who had already left and sold Jesus) to their cross. Incidentally, the cross - somewhat slanted - for Jesus and the eleven are beginning to appear in the window glass. But for the exception of the beloved disciple to whom Jesus was to speak from the cross - in truth the temporary head of the Church - all the others scattered, to remain so until the resurrection. The third movement is Sunday Mass. As we move, to arrive and enter into the action we become part of all that went before us, to the paschal and Last Supper meal of bread and wine, even remotely to Sinai. But we are also at the threshold of the heavenly future. The fourth movement speaks of the end-time. Here Jesus is welcoming - as it were at table - the redeemed souls already in heaven, and given the resurrection of their bodies at the end time, this joy in heaven - if one may say so - become intensified.
In a sense, to contemplate the window of the rising sun can leave us breathless.
Window of the setting sun True, and speaking antecedently of the setting sun, four window movements tell of an imperfect Church. In contrast to what will be the perfect Church at the end of time, of the four movements there are clearly self-centered - the border - line young, the older teenagers, the adult-like young men and women - and to that extent all are of the Church imperfect.
As for the fourth window movement that on the surface seems perfect, on reflection, however, it is the constant teaching of the Church that no one is confirmed in grace.
But the question at this stage that remains to be asked and answered of the imperfect Church is whence the future? Scarcely but a matter of a few feet away and reaching down to the floor are the two chapels of reconciliation (confessionals), such that the occupant to departing emerges frequently with a light heart.
Thoughtfully, in that the horizontal windows of the church have a rhythmic beat to them - a provision foreseen in the planning stage of the church - that with the unavoidable stations of the cross - all regularly arranged on either side of the church - and the chapels of reconciliation, both re-enforcements of the window or windows above, windows that deserve protections from any well-meaning, addition form below.
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