The Eucharist: Stained Glass at Saint Francis Xavier Church

In early 2000, I designed the concepts for nine stained-glass windows at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Burbank, CA. Here is the fourth window, The Eucharist. Below is the text from a brochure I wrote interpreting the windows. The text was edited by Jim Fanning.

The celebration of the Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life. This window, in great simplicity, focuses our attention on the proclamation of the Word and the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup. Through the action of the Eucharistic Liturgy, we build the Christian community, feed the spiritually hungry and form our common conscience. We become the Body of Christ on earth.

Icons: Upper Left: Boys and girls from our parish are altar servers at the Sunday liturgies. The processional cross and candles lead the ministers to the altar, the center of the community, symbolic of our procession to the kingdom. Upper Right: The Sacred Word of God is proclaimed by Lectors, lay women and men who share the story of God’s salvation with the assembly. Lower Left: The Eucharistic Ministers enhance the celebration of the Eucharist by feeding the assembly with the Body and Blood of Christ. We minister to one another in many ways that serve the Christian assembly. Lower Right: One significant way we express Christian unity, our communion with one another, and our celebration of liturgy, is through singing. With the sound of our voices in prayer, we join our hearts and lives in the celebration of God’s presence.

 

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