The Epiphany Window

Mary sits as if enthroned in the heavens with an aura of multicolored light. Her Divine Son is seated upon her lap. Over her head a star sheds golden rays of heavenly glory. Angels have announced to the Shepherds in Bethlehem the Good News: “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to men of good will.” The Magi, the Wise Men from the East, were led by a star to kneel before this new born King. This is the Epiphany of Our Lord. On the upper left a stable is seen with an ox, donkey, and a manger. St. Luke tells us: “She brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the Inn.” (Luke Ch. 2:7)

On the upper right stands St. Joseph, the foster father of the child. He holds a staff in his right hand as a Shepherd would lead his flock; and at his feet a sheep looks attentively at Mary’s child. “Do not be afraid, Joseph, son of David, to take to thee Mary thy wife, for that which is begotten in her is of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew Ch. 1:20) On the left Melchior is kneeling with hands folded. He has brought a gift of gold for the new born Heavenly King. On the bottom left Balthazar, the dark skinned King, kneels with a gift of incense to worship this Divine Child. On the bottom right King Gaspar has placed his gift of myrrh in preparation for his death.

“Behold there came Magi from the East to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is the newly born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East and have come to worship him.'” (Matthew Ch. 2:3)

 

‘Go Teach All Nations’

In the vestibule of the Epiphany of Our Lord church, the stained glass window depicts Christ with His arms extended welcoming all who enter. An azure blue background frames the Christ commanding His Apostles: “Go forth and teach all nations.” Kneeling and gazing upon the Son of God are children: Indians, Africans, Europeans, Mexicans, Asians, and Americans. At the feet of the Majestic Christ rests a symbol for Baptism: a shell used for pouring water upon the head of the newly baptized.

St. Matthew ends his Gospel “the Apostles went to Galilee to the mountain where Jesus had directed them and He spoke to them: ‘All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me: Go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you all days, until the consummation of the world.'” (Matthew Ch. 28:19)