Stained Glass Windows

Blessed & dedicated on May 25, 1997, the twenty-four stained glass windows found in the sanctuary reflect key elements of the parish mission statement of Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Parishioners strive for that fullness of faith in Christ Jesus that Mary, His mother, possessed. The windows, designed by the parish’s Environment and Art Committee, under the leadership of pastor, Father Francis P. Gillespie, S. J., reflect their belief that Mary leads us to Christ. The lower windows contain both Marian and Christ FIGURES while the upper windows contain Marian and Christ SYMBOLS.

The Christ figures were carefully selected to reflect episodes in Jesus’ saving mission and the professed companionship parishioners have in His ongoing mission. The Marian figures echo the parishioner’s awareness of their “blest cultural diversity.” Thus, they represent the American, European, African, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian peoples who gather to worship here as one faith community.

stained glass window symbolizing Mary's immaculate conception

The Immaculate Conception

Mary, portrayed in the Immaculate Conception, is the patroness of the United States of America.

stained glass window symbolizing Mary the Queen of heaven

Mary, Queen of Heaven

Mary is crowned the Queen of Heaven as symbolized by the capital letter “M”, surrounded by a corona of stars with the moon beneath.

stained glass window showing Jesus praying in the garden of gethsemane

The Agony in the Garden

Jesus prays, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.”

stained glass window of a lamb pierced with a sword symbolizing Jesus being the lamb of God

Agnus Dei

Jesus is symbolized as the sacrificial “Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.”

stained glass window depicting Mary as the Lady of La Vang

Our Lady of La Vang (Vietnam)

One night in 1798 Mary appeared to Vietnamese Catholics seeking refuge from King Canh Thinh, who forbade the practice of Catholicism. She promised to bless anyone who came to pray in La Vang, Vietnam.

stained glass window symbolizing the wedding feast of cana

The Wedding Feast of Cana

Symbolized by the water jugs, interlocking rings, the cross and the capital letter “M”, Mary is called to mind as mediating the performance of Jesus’ first miracle at Cana.

stained glass window depicting Jesus in the temple talking with teachers at the age of 12

The Young Jesus with the Teachers

After anxiously searching for Jesus, Mary found him in the temple in the midst of the teachers. All who heard him were astounded.

stained glass window of a heart radiating light symbolizing the merciful heart of Jesus

The Merciful Heart of Jesus

The merciful Jesus is symbolized in his divinely human heart which has radiating from its center rays of the love calling to mind the blood and water he expended on our behalf.

stained glass window with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Devotion to Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, is practiced by Spanish-speaking Catholics throughout the Americas.

stained glass window of the crucified Jesus and his mother kneeling at the foot of the cross

“Behold Your Mother”

One of Jesus’ final acts of love was at Golgotha in giving us his mother which is symbolized by the silhouette of Mary crouched at the foot of His cross.

stained glass window of Jesus sitting with children in his lap

Jesus with the Children

Jesus said, “let the children come to me and do not prevent them.” The children with him are representative of some ethnic groups of the parish.

stained glass window symbolizing the nativity

The Nativity

The star of the Magi, with the Alpha and the Omega nestled in the manger, symbolize the birth of Jesus, who is our beginning and our end.

stained glass window depicting a Native American Sioux representation of the risen Christ

Native American (Sioux) Assumption

Dressed in the regal clothing of the Sioux Nation, Mary is shown rising toward heaven with the moon under her feet.

stained glass window symbolizing Mary which includes to doves shaped as praying hands and a rosary

Hail Mary! Full of the Spirit

Symbolized by the pair of doves in the form of hands with draped rosary, Mary is recognized as filled with the Holy Spirit.

Image of the risen Christ standing in the opening of his tomb.

The Resurrection

This figure depicts Jesus rising from his tomb, with burial cloth discarded and stone slab rent open.

stained glass window with the fish symbol (inscribed with the greek IKTHOS meaning Jesus Christ Son of God Savior) used by early Christians

IKTHOS

The Greek letters meaning “Jesus Christ Son of God, Savior” are inscribed on the ancient symbol of the fish drawn from the catacombs. IKTHOS was selected with the parish “Fish Groups” in mind.

stained glass window of a black madonna and child

Black Madonna and Child

Clothed in traditional ethnic costume and holding the Child Jesus, Mary is portrayed as the beloved patroness of all Black people wherever the church has taken root among them.

stained glass window depicting the magnificat

The Magnificat

The silhouette of Mary with the scroll depicts her recitation of the Magnificat “My soul magnifies the Lord…”

stained glass window of Jesus healing the man born blind

Healing of the Man Born Blind

“Jesus spat on the ground and made clay with his saliva and smeared the clay on the blind man’s eyes.” The healing ministry of Jesus is depicted here.

stained glass window with the image of an old sailing ship to symbolize the idea that christian disciples are 'fishers of men'

Discipleship

By virtue of our baptism, we are called to be disciples of Jesus and “fishers of men.” This symbolized the ship powered by the “Chi Rho” sail with the net draped over the side.

stained glass window with the image of Mary appearing to saint Bernadette in Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes

Mary’s appearance to Bernadette at Lourdes sparks special devotion among Catholics of European descent.

stained glass window depicting a heart with a sword through it symbolizing Mary's sword-pierced heart

The Sword-Pierced Heart of Mary

The words of Simeon at the Presentation of the Lord are symbolized by the sword of sorrow piercing Mary’s heart.

stained glass window depicting Jesus with sheep and lambs symbolizing his role as a good shepard

The Good Shepard

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me.”

stained glass window with a chalice (Jesus) surround by 12 crosses (the disciples) symbolizing the last supper.

The Last Supper

The institution of the Eucharist is symbolized by the cup, encircled by twelve crosses, representative of the twelve apostles.

The stained glass windows of Our Lady of Assumption Church were hand-crafted by Laws Stained Glass Studio, Statesville, North Carolina

The Memorial Plaques were made by Dan Ryberg and donated to the parish in honor of his parents.