Archangel Michael

 

Archangel Michael, whose name means 'He who is as God', is most often thought of as the angel of protection and the most powerful of all the angels. He is the leader of God’s army of angels and the one who defeated Satan. He symbolizes our battle against evil.  There are many of them, especially in today’s world.

This stained-glass window has been fitted closest to the side entrance because evil does not try to creep into our hearts by means of head-on attack, but it does so through the back door like a thief.

Archangel Michael’s sword is a mirror. It symbolises protection. The mirror reflects the light, spreading it to us; those gathered in the church.

 

 

 

 

Archangel Gabriel

 

Archangel Gabriel’s name means 'God is my strength'. One of the two archangels specifically named in the Bible in both the Old and New Testament. Archangel Gabriel is often portrayed as soft-looking, tenderhearted angel with bright light surrounding him. Many paint him with long hair, flowing clothing, and a more feminine face, possibly due to the nature of his messages surrounding pregnancy and birth. It may be that the brilliant light is what initially scared those that he appeared to in the Bible, but Gabriel immediately tried to reassure them that he came in peace and they should not be afraid. As the patron of communications, Archangel Gabriel is the messenger angel, acting as a messenger of God.

Archangel Gabriel represents the hope that flows from the Word of God. His figure directly faces the altar which symbolises receiving the Good News and welcoming God into our hearts.

 

 

 

Archangel Raphael

 

Archangel Raphael, whose name means ‘God heals’, is the archangel designated for physical and emotional healing. In Hebrew the word “rophe” means 'to heal’. He symbolizes entrusting ourselves to God. Even with all the knowledge that man possesses, he is unable to do anything alone. However, when we place our trust in God, everything becomes possible.

The figure of Archangel Raphael is facing east towards the sun and the light and expresses a posture of waiting for the Lord’s coming, having fully entrusted our hearts to Him.

The figures of Archangel Raphael and Gabriel are positioned at either side of the main entrance to the Church.  This positioning symbolizes our stance. Entering the God’s House, we receive His word fully entrusting our hearts to him.

 

 

The Guardian Angel

 

The last angel is the Guardian Angel. He was sent by God to help people on their earthly journey. This figure does not have an attribute. His role is to protect our souls. His hands are joined in prayer because contact with God is what we humans need most.

The figure of the guardian angel faces East most clearly out of the four. He stands with an expectant posture, praising God and awaiting His coming. This stained-glass window is positioned as the “last angel” because our Guardian Angel will be by our side right to the very end.

The Blessing and Dedication of the Stained Glass Windows

at the Sacred Heart Church

25th December 2017

 


 


 


 

Four stained glass windows portraying four angels.

 

Each one represents a different aspect of our faith

and our relationship with God.

 

Archangel Michael (a name meaning ‘He, who is like God’) is the leader of God’s army of angels and the one who defeated Satan. He symbolizes our battle against evil. We are forced to fight temptations in every aspect of our lives. There are many of them, especially in today’s world. This stained-glass window has been fitted closest to the side entrance because evil does not try to creep into our hearts by means of head-on attack, but it does so through the back door like a thief.

 

Archangel Michael’s sword is a mirror. It symbolises protection. The mirror reflects the light, spreading it to us; those gathered in the church.

 

Archangel Gabriel (a name meaning ‘God is my strength’) is the bearer of Good News in the Bible. He represents the hope that flows from the Word of God.  His figure directly faces the altar which symbolises receiving the Good News and welcoming God into our hearts.

 

Archangel Raphael (a name meaning ‘God has healed’) symbolizes entrusting ourselves to God. Even with all the knowledge that man possesses, he is unable to do anything alone. However, when we place our trust in God, everything becomes possible; the healing of our body and soul, our devotion. If God is for us, who can be against us?

 

The figure of Archangel Raphael is facing east towards the sun and the light and expresses a posture of waiting for the Lord’s coming, having fully entrusted our hearts to Him.

 

The figures of Archangel Raphael and Gabriel are positioned at either side of the main entrance to the Church.  This positioning symbolizes our stance. Entering God’s House, we receive His word fully entrusting our hearts to him.

 

The last angel is the Guardian Angel. He was sent by God to help people on their earthly journey. This figure does not have an attribute. His role is to protect our souls. His hands are joined in prayer because contact with God is what we humans need most.

 

The figure of the guardian angel faces East most clearly out of the four. He stands with an expectant posture, praising God and awaiting His coming. This stained-glass window is positioned as the “last angel” because our Guardian Angel will be by our side right to the very end.

 

 

Why don’t the Angels have faces?

 

Very few have had the privilege to look an angel in the face while being aware of who they are. According to the Bible, angels can take on human form, but they do not have bodies. Painting even the most beautiful of faces cannot express the profound essence of their soul.

 

Every person we meet can be a messenger sent by God to help us in the battle against evil. The empty space in the contours of the face gives us food for thought and allows us to recognise an angel in every person we meet. We can fill the spaces with the face of any person, especially those who are sent to us as God’s messengers.

 

 

Colours

 

The colours that have been used to create the stained-glass windows are the colours of the rainbow, which, according to the Bible is a sign of God’s covenant with His people. A spread of all the colours has been used on both the right and the left sides.

 

Archangel Michael- The artist has decided to pay their own tribute. Archangel Michael, who she particularly loves, has been clothed in robes of her favourite colour-blue. The symbolism of this colour is also very important because it expresses highest privilege. As the leader of the angelic host and the vanquisher of Satan, Archangel Michael deserves such privilege. The colours of deep red and purple provide a background to the blue robes. They symbolise sacrifice and the blood spilt in the battle against evil.

 

Archangel Gabriel, the bearer of the good news has been clothed in green the colour of hope. The background is formed of orange and a bright red. These colours symbolize joy and openness. Just as the vibrant flowers complement the greenery in Spring, so too do cheerfulness and love complement our joy.

 

Archangel Raphael - His robes of blood-red and purple relate to a complete trust in God’s plan. This means offering ourselves to God sometimes even by sacrificing our own blood and personal sacrifice. The shades of green in the background that surround the figure are meant to symbolize the fulfilment of our entrustment to God, hope and the Good News for those who hold steadfast to the Lord.

 

The Guardian Angel appears on a background of blue which symbolizes privilege, showing what an important figure he is not only to the artist but also to all people. He is our closest friend sent to us by God. The colours of his robes (orange and bright red) are meant to symbolize the joy brought by fellowship with God. The bright red resembles the colour of oxygenated blood. Just as blood transports oxygen without which every cell would die, so too should we be filled with prayer without which our spiritual life dies.

 

The four angels represent the story of our faith. Our life is a battle against the evil which tries to creep into our hearts. The Word of God comes to our help because we are never left alone. We should fully entrust ourselves to it.

 

God lays challenges before us, but he also gives us the tools with which our challenges become simply a witness of our love for Him.

Anna Kulig

SILVA RERUM

 

All stained glass windows are made by

SILVA RERUM

Anna & Krzysztof Kulig


 

 

1. Margaret & Kevin Drummond

2. Eileen Krot

3. Margaret Cowan

4. Roger Hill

5. Mary & Brian Surridge

6. Jo Rimando & Roy Stanbridge

7. Mr & Mrs Fielding

8. Bernard & Wilma Cronin

9. Mrs Jean McGuire

10. Mrs Pat Jenkins

11. Steve & Anne McCaffery

12. Jean Belda

13. WR & MF Bonar

14. Margaret Hutchison

15. Anne Donoghue

16. Katarzyna & Krysztof Pienko-Laszkieuicz

17. Janet Cronin

18. The McSorley Family

19. The McSorley Family

20. Anonymous Donation

21. K McGrory

22. Rita Smith

23. McKeesick Family

24. Mary & Hector Fernandez

25. M & E Smith

26. Anne Blenkinsop

27. Anonymous donor

28. Elizabeth Bell & Diane Stule

29. R Mochrie

30. Mrs Anne Dowers

31. Anne Graham

32. Anonymous Donor

33. Kathleen Hastie

34. Anne Reid

35. Anonymous Donor

36. Giuliana & Stefano Barbagallo

37. Lorraine & June Hunter

38. Margaret Craig

39. Wanda Gosz

40. Anne Wynne

41. Isobel Leary

 


 

Windows Given

 

 

A generous person will prosper;

whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

 

Proverbs 11:25

Dear Givers,

 

Thank you for your kind and generous support toward our stained glass windows project. It is a real delight for me to realize that there are those who are willing to make sacrifices in order to share in our projects of making our church even more beautiful.

 

In a special way I would like to thank Mrs. Anna Kulig for the beautiful stained-glass windows and Mr. Robert Mochrie for the beautifully made window sills.

 

The generosity of our loyal parishioners never ceases to amaze me.

It is with deep and mindful gratitude that I address you my blessing. I say “mindful” because I know that you have often continued your generosity even though times might have been a bit difficult for you. Indeed, you are practicing true stewardship in recognizing that everything anyone of us possesses is truly a gift from God.

 

God bless you for your generosity,

 

Fr Tadeusz Majcher SDS - Parish Priest

Catechism 101

As purely spiritual creatures, angels have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendour of their glory bears witness. The whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels.

 

From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.


 

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