Baptism and Confirmation

Baptism and Confirmation
St. Francis Xavier Church, Burbank, CA

In early 2000, I designed the concepts for nine stained-glass windows at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Burbank, CA. Here is the third window, Baptism and Confirmation. Below is the text from a brochure I wrote about the windows and edited by Jim Fanning.

The third window begins a contemporary depiction of the sacramental life of the Church. We are united to Christ in the initiation sacraments of baptism and confirmation. We see the baptismal candle, the Paschal candle, rising out of the waters of baptism, and in the flames representing the Holy Spirit, the strength and dignity of confirmation.

Icons: Upper Left: The priest pours water over an infant’s head in baptism, signifying our rebirth in Christ Jesus. Baptism is our beginning moment in Christianity. Upper Right: The door is the symbolic notion of baptism as entry into the Kingdom of God. In the Jubilee Year of 2000 (MM), the Holy Door was opened at the Vatican by Pope John Paul II. Lower Left: The creative hands of God and the atom suggest the first creation of God. Baptism denotes the second creation. We are born again in Christ Jesus.  Lower Right: At the funeral liturgy, the body is brought to the door of the church just as the person was welcomed in baptism. The priest blesses the body symbolizing our life and death in Christ. Baptism is our entry into the Christian faith, death, our entry into eternal life. Death gives way to Kingdom life.

Hidden Images: Oral Tradition: Coffee Cup and Donut: One of the ways the people of St. Francis Xavier Parish express their baptismal mission is the monthly sale of coffee and donuts for the Holy Cross missions throughout the world. The cup of coffee and donut reflect our enduring commitment to social justice and the baptismal mission of Christ Jesus.

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