Conversation of Creativity 3 : Stained-glass windows at St. Francis Xavier Church


Holy Cross 300 adjIn January 2000, I spoke about the initial design concepts for the nine stained glass windows for Saint Francis Xavier Church in Burbank, California. Walter Judson (died in 2003) from the Judson Studies and Arpad Maghera, artist from Judson Studies and I discussed for two hours the basic theology in art and design for these nine windows. I speak about my concepts which became these beautiful windows for the parish community. I convey my first thoughts about what the windows could become. Walter and Arpad are hearing these ideas for the first time. This is a great moment of creativity and theology. This audio was given to me recently by the Judson Studio archives. I hope you enjoy this creative moment caught on tape from over thirteen years ago.

The explanations of each window have been previously published on this blog. Simply insert “stained glass St. Francis” in the search bar to read about each window.

This is the third of three sessions I will post from this conversation.

Listen now: [audio https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/75239779/On%20The%20Margins/St.Xavier%20Burbank%20%233.wav]

Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini- First American saint

Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini-
First American saint

The Resurrection of Christ Jesus

The Resurrection of Christ Jesus

Anointing of the Sick and Reconcilation

Anointing of the Sick and Reconcilation

Eucharist 300

Holy Orders and Matrimony

Holy Orders and Matrimony

Mary and Jesus

Mary and Jesus

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

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

The Holy Spirit and Pentecost

The Holy Spirit and Pentecost

Conversation of Creativity 2 : Stained-glass windows at St. Francis Xavier Church


Holy Cross 300 adjIn January 2000, I spoke about the initial design concepts for the nine stained glass windows for Saint Francis Xavier Church in Burbank, California. Walter Judson (died in 2003) from the Judson Studies and Arpad Maghera, artist from Judson Studies and I discussed for two hours the basic theology in art and design for these nine windows. I speak about my concepts which became these beautiful windows for the parish community. I convey my first thoughts about what the windows could become. Walter and Arpad are hearing these ideas for the first time. This is a great moment of creativity and theology. This audio was given to me recently by the Judson Studio archives. I hope you enjoy this creative moment caught on tape from over thirteen years ago.

The explanations of each window have been previously published on this blog. Simply insert “stained glass St. Francis” in the search bar to read about each window.

This is the second of three sessions I will post from this conversation.

Listen now: [audio https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/75239779/On%20The%20Margins/St.Xavier%20Burbank%20%232.wav]

Mary and Jesus

Mary and Jesus

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

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

The Holy Spirit and Pentecost

The Holy Spirit and Pentecost

Conversation of Creativity I : Stained-glass windows at St. Francis Xavier Church


Holy Cross 300 adjIn January 2000, I spoke about the initial design concepts for the nine stained glass windows for Saint Francis Xavier Church in Burbank, California. Walter Judson (died in 2003) from the Judson Studies and Arpad Maghera, artist from Judson Studies and I discussed for two hours the basic theology in art and design for these nine windows. I speak about my concepts which became these beautiful windows for the parish community. I convey my first thoughts about what the windows could become. Walter and Arpad are hearing these ideas for the first time. This is a great moment of creativity and theology. This audio was given to me recently by the Judson Studio archives. I hope you enjoy this creative moment caught on tape from over thirteen years ago.

The explanations of each window have been previously published on this blog. Simply insert “stained glass St. Francis” in the search bar to read about each window.

This is the first of three sessions I will post from this conversation.

Listen now: [audio https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/75239779/On%20The%20Margins/St.Xavier%20Burbank%20%231.wav]

The Resurrection of Christ: Stained Glass Windows at Saint Francis Xavier Church, Burbank, CA

The Resurrection of Christ Jesus

The Resurrection of Christ Jesus

Here is the last window in the series on the set of nine stained-glass windows from Saint Francis Xavier Church in Burbank, CA. This next window is The Resurrection. I hope you have enjoyed this series. The text that follows is from a booklet I wrote in 2000 and edited by Jim Fanning. 

The entire Christian life begins and ends with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this image, the Tree of Life sprouts from the leaping waves of water– our new baptismal life. All the sacred images of these windows are rooted in the Resurrection. Jesus’ life continues in us and the Church. The figure of Jesus is Resurrection, but also suggests the Ascension. The outstretched arms of Jesus hint at his death on the cross but are also a gesture of prayer, welcome and embrace, inviting us into eternal life. The entire Paschal Mystery is summed up in this figure of Jesus.

 

Icon: The empty icon reminds us of our future and the hope of continuing revelation of God. The empty icon is for all of us to fill in! See hope, all future is in the Resurrection promise of Jesus Christ!

The Holy Spirit and Pentecost: Stained Glass Windows at Saint Francis Xavier Church, Burbank, CA

The Holy Spirit and Pentecost

The Holy Spirit and Pentecost

Here is the eighth window in the series on the set of nine stained-glass windows from Saint Francis Xavier Church in Burbank, CA. This next window is The Holy Spirit and Pentecost. I hope you enjoy the series. The text that follows is from a booklet I wrote in 2000 and edited by Jim Fanning. 

The sacred images in stained glass are not only about the past. The Holy Spirit is present in us and the Church today and tomorrow. This Pentecost image reveals God’s animation of the Christian people. The Church in great diversity comes together through the gift of the Holy Spirit. The fire and dove unites the people in conversation and prayer. The Spirit is invisible but gives life if we know it or not, signified by children looking away.

These icons are taken from Sacred Scripture, Revelation 5. “The Lamb that was sacrificed is worthy to be given power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessing.”

Icons: Upper Left: The hand showers blessings.  Upper Right: Crown of glory and lamp of wisdom.  Lower Left: Hands of blessing and laurel wreath of honor. Lower Right: Sacrificial lamb; chair and scepter of power and strength.

Oral Tradition: Dark water: Notice the “dark” water in the blue waters of baptism on each window. This is to suggest sin and division in the human experience of being Church. Sin is washed away in baptism. Ferris wheel: One of the ways the parish community of St. Francis Xavier has expressed unity, fun, common work and energy, has been through the annual Old Tyme Country Faire. Our faith community is alive in God. Lance and shield: The parish school and its active role in the faith community is symbolized by these signs of faith and strength, indicative of the school nickname and sports team title, The Lancers. Oil lamp and book: The burning flame and book of Scriptures symbolizes the divine inspiration and preached and proclaimed faith of the parish.

Jesus and Mary: Stained Glass Windows at Saint Francis Xavier Church, Burbank, CA

Mary and Jesus

Mary and Jesus

Here is the seventh window in the series on the set of nine stained-glass windows from Saint Francis Xavier Church in Burbank, CA. This next window is Mary and Jesus. I hope you enjoy the series. The text that follows is from a booklet I wrote in 2000 and edited by Jim Fanning. 

In this contemporary and compassionate image of Jesus and Mary, we have spiritual access into their relationship as mother and child. Notice Mary’s hand extended to suggest our invitation into her love and compassion. The gesture of her hand also patterns the cross to tell us the reason we remember Mary and the other saints–the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. The child’s foot is beginning to move away from the relationship, indicating the life and ministry of Jesus that was yet to come.

There are many images of Mary. Each culture has special symbols important to many people. These images speak to us at various times in our own lives depending on our emotions and needs.

Icons: Upper Left: The Immaculate Heart of Mary speaks of her compassion toward us. Upper Right: Mary, Queen of Heaven, the first person to receive the promises of the Risen Christ, an eternal home. Lower Left: Mary, the Mother of God. The birth of Jesus offers compassion and hope to all parents. Lower Right: Mary, Mother of Sorrows, the Pieta, speaks of human suffering, grief and loss. Images of Mary speak to all our human emotions.

Holy Orders and Matrimony: Stained Glass Windows at Saint Francis Xavier Church, Burbank, CA

Holy Orders and Matrimony

Holy Orders and Matrimony

Here is the sixth window in the series on the set of nine stained-glass windows from Saint Francis Xavier Church in Burbank, CA. This next window is the sacraments of Holy Orders and Matrimony. I hope you enjoy the series. The text that follows is from a booklet I wrote in 2000 and edited by Jim Fanning. 

Immediately we see in this window both of these sacraments of love and service in view of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. Marriage and ordination in the sign of the cross signifies our vocations are in Jesus Christ and within the Church. The two hands of marriage are in a bond of hope and fidelity. The two hands of the priest are in prayer for the Christian assembly.

Icons: Upper Left: The boy and girl hand in hand under the fruit tree suggest children are the fruit of marriage. From generation to generation, the promise of God’s covenant is passed down in love and commitment. Upper Right: The elderly couple witnesses to the Christian community God’s fidelity and commitment. Love is lived in many forms depending on the various times of life, including the embrace of suffering and ill health. Lower Left: The table and chair are the center of communion and fellowship both at home and at church. The table is the place where families grow together, and in the church where the presider leads the prayer of the Eucharist, helping the parish family grow together. Table fellowship unites families, both at home and in church. Lower Right: This is the window of our vocations in the Catholic Church. This icon offers us a view of the tools- computer, paintbrush, hammer, scissors, briefcase- of our many vocations. Our daily work is sacred. The work of our lives, our hands, our minds is divinely guided.

Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation: Stained Glass Windows at Saint Francis Xavier Church, Burbank, CA

Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation

Today, November 13, the Church celebrates Mother Cabrini, the first citizen of the United States to be canonized. I thought it would be appropriate to offer the next window in this series. The parish church was built on land once owned by Mother Cabrini’s sisters. The parish was named for her name sake, Jesuit priest, Francis Xavier.

Here is the fifth window in the series on the set of nine stained-glass windows from Saint Francis Xavier Church in Burbank, CA. This next window is the sacraments of Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation. I hope you enjoy the series. The text that follows is from a booklet I wrote in 2000 and edited by Jim Fanning. 

These two sacraments of healing serve the Christian community in times of illness, suffering and recognition of sin and forgiveness.

We encounter the healing spirit of Jesus. These window images show the oil of the sick (OI) in the sacrament of anointing and Jesus’ classic parable of the reconciliation, The Prodigal Son. The son comes running home in shabby clothes and the father receives him with open arms. Notice the shadow of the cross and the arms forming the cross shape to recall that all healing and forgiveness is rooted in Christ’s passion, death and resurrection.

Icons: Upper Left: Jesus washes the feet of the disciples. We are called to model that gesture in service to all people. The community experiences this action, the healing gesture, every Holy Thursday. Upper Right: The broken heart speaks so clearly of God’s love for us. In our brokenness and pain, we rest here in God’s forgiveness and healing passion for us. We bring here the desires of our hearts. Lower Left: The tears of pain, suffering and loss and tears of healing and rejoicing are human experiences of needing God. This window names our experience of longing for God, claiming our deepest human relationships. Lower Right: The sick bed offers us insight into our own pain and suffering. This scene call us out of ourselves to serve those who are sick and alienated from the community. The sacrament of the sick calls people to prayer and compassion for the sick and dying.

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.

 

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.