The Sacred Story
The windows were made in Chicago by native artisans. Though ordinarily termed “stained glass,” the windows have no stain on or in the glass themselves. Instead, they are translucent mosaics. They are made up of small pieces of imported antique glass. Each piece was integrally colored and embedded in lead to produce the individual design, and graded in color to develop highlights and shadows.
Extensive work was done on the windows during the 1991-1992 renovation. All of the windows were carefully dismantled, cleaned and repaired. To achieve a lighter and brighter color scheme, some of the green glass was removed and replaced with amber and blue German antique glass. The windows were reinstalled with an upgraded support bar system —Cathedral Archives
All photos courtesy of William Petrovic
of the Rose Windows
God the Father of all creation, holds us in the palm of His hand.
Jesus, Lamb of God, the only begotten Son of the Father, takes away the sins of the world.
In the form of a dove, driving wind or tongues of fire, God the Holy Spirit renews the face of the earth.
Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Left Window—The anchor is one of the oldest symbols for the cross. It is also a symbol of hope. “Hold fast to the hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil, where Jesus has entered on our behalf as forerunner, becoming high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek,”
Right Window—This symbol for Christ, Chi-Rho, was formed by superimposing the first two letters of Christ’s name in Greek—chi (X) and rho (P). In Baptism, we receive a lighted candle, the Light of Christ and we are commissioned to, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19.