Stained Glass Windows
Heritage of Church Window
This window shows Jesus as the vine and the disciples as the branches. Jesus and the disciples are each represented with traditional symbols.
Jesus Christ: At the top is Jesus Christ, the head of the Church, symbolized by IHS, the first three letters of the Greek spelling of Jesus, set under the Cross and Crown, symbolizing his suffering death and victorious resurrection.
Simon Peter: The crossed keys recall Peter’s confession and our Lord’s gift to him of the keys of the kingdom.
Thomas: A carpenter’s square and a spear are symbols of the tradition that Thomas is said to have built with his own hands a church in India, and later was killed there with a spear.
James the Greater: The scallop shell is the symbol of pilgrimage and stands for his zeal and missionary spirit. Three symbolizes the Trinity.
Bartholomew: Bartholomew is said to have been flayed alive so is usually represented by the flaying knife. His martyrdom was because of his preaching of the Word of God, symbolized by the open Bible.
Matthew: Matthew is symbolized by three purses, referring to his original vocation as a tax collector when Jesus called him.
John: According to tradition, John once drank from a poisoned chalice and was unharmed. The snake represents the poison.
Jude: Jude travelled far on missionary journeys, depicted by the ship with the cross.
Andrew: Tradition says that while Andrew was preaching in Greece, he was put to death on a cross shaped like an X.
Simon the Zealot: Simon the Zealot is symbolized by a Book upon which rests a fish, because through the power of the gospel he became a greater fisher of people.
Philip: The cross symbolizes Philip’s Christian faith, and the two loaves recall his remark of doubt to Jesus in John 6:7 when Jesus fed the five thousand.
James the Less: Tradition has it that James the Less was sawn asunder after a horrible martyrdom.
Matthias: Matthias was chosen to take the place of Judas as an apostle, symbolized by the open Bible. The double bladed battle-axe symbolizes his death by beheading after his missionary work.