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“Laudato Si – Peace on Earth” Window

by Sue Obata
dedicated by Archbishop Anthony Mancini, Holy Family Parish, Amherst, NS
on Sunday, Sept. 27. 2015  

“Peace on Earth” Window

Description by Sue Obata, artist & Norbert Sattler

The location of this window invited a design that would reflect a feeling of hope and inspiration that parishioners take with them as they leave the sanctuary.
In the centre, are the Alpha and Omega, from Revelation 22:13
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last”.

In the left corner is a vine – referring to Jesus who said “ I am the true vine”

On the right side are red flames that represent the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is made complete by the light at the top symbolizing God is echoed in the triangular shape of the window.

The four elements earth, air, fire and water are also represented:

The colour brown for the earth, white for air, the flames for fire and the blue on the left for water.

“when we contemplate with wonder the universe in all its grandeur and beauty, we must praise the whole Trinity”. John Paul II, Aug. 2000

The inscription in the bottom right corner says:
“Laudato Si”
A Prayer for the Earth
Pope Francis 2015

While reflecting on the symbolism of this window, we felt that the profound messages in Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical – “Laudato Si”, related to all of the above symbolism and to the idea that faith and stewardship is something that extends beyond the doors of the church to our world and everything in it; it is about our future – journeying towards the light.


The Stained Glass Windows for Holy Family Parish, Amherst

by Sattler’s Stained Glass Studio, 2015

The story behind the Holy Family Parish’s new altar window begins with the former Saint Charles Borromeo Church. The figures in this stained glass window were originally part of the windows from Saint Charles. When the decision was made to close this church and build a new one, Sattler’s Stained Glass Studio from West La Have, NS was asked to remove the old stained glass and to develop a concept for using them in the new Holy Family Parish. Artist, Sue Obata presented this design that situated the saints against a celestial background of various hues of blue and framed Jesus and Mary in the centre with the suggestion of a “tree of life”

The challenge of integrating the Saint Charles windows into Holy Family Parish was to honour the past, respect the present and look to the future. We believe that the art of stained glass is the same; contemporary design is the present and the future. The background of the altar window and the sidelights of the nave windows gave us an opportunity to blend the contemporary with the old and thus harmoniously blend the past with the present. and though this progression, symbolically represent a continuum of faith that continues into the future.

To do this, technically requires many of the same demanding skills as restoration. The Saint Charles figure sections were carefully removed from the old windows and adjusted where necessary for a new support system. Actual size layouts of the new windows were made and the placement of the figures determined according to the design and support system. Many sheets of blue glass were selected to create the “shading” of the window background and mouth blown antique glass was used for the “tree of life”. Norbert Sattler blended the selection of glass colours through the 10 large windows . After the all the glass was cut, Sue hand painted some details on the “tree” area and then those pieces were kiln fired. The same was done in the nave windows where painting was used expressively in the contemporary sidelights which frame the original “Annunciation” and “Jesus with Saint Margaret Mary” windows.

Biblical Story In Stained Glass Now Complete


MAHONE BAY: You might call it the missing piece of a biblical puzzle.

Last week the final stained glass window was installed at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mahone Bay, completing a visual of the Bible's story from its first book, Genesis, to its last, Revelation. Rev. Stephen Kristenson, pastor at St. John's, says that for many years the only stained glass windows in the church were located in the sanctuary.

"Back in 1990 there was a major push to do the rest of the stained glass windows, and the last one of that set was done in 2004," he explains.

That left only two tall windows in the end of the church nearest the street and one over the door to the Sunday school room that were not stained glass. A couple of years ago, a pair of benefactors came forward to donate the necessary funds for the replacement of one of the taller panes.

"There was interest in doing the Pentecost window so artist Sue Obata and Sattler's Studio were engaged to do the window and that was finished in 2011," he recalls.

"When Sue did that window, we asked her to do a proposal for the last window. Because we begin with Creation, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden and then we jump from there to the birth of Jesus, then the life of Jesus, his teaching, then his Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension, the next logical thing was Pentecost. And then, we only had one window left so we decided to use Revelation, the last book of the Bible going from Genesis to Revelation."

Pastor Kristenson says the image that was chosen from that last book is the river of life and the tree of life. "The theme of that window from the book of Revelation is that the tree of life that are on either side of the river of life are for the healing of the nations," he explains. "It depicts the river of life and the tree of life and the people from all nations gathered around God's throne."

Funding for one of the panes of the Revelation window was provided by a single donor while the other was paid for through smaller contributions by approximately 30 couples or individuals who have made donations to the stained glass window fund over many years.

Sattler Stained Glass Studio also produced, and last week installed, a new stained glass window over the church's Sunday School door which depicts Luther's Rose.

"It's the only Lutheran symbol we have in this church," Pastor Kristenson says. "Luther's Rose has its own definition and that was also given by a couple that wanted to complete the project. So all of the stained glass in the church has now been finished."

Plans are to dedicate both new windows May 19 at the regular 11 a.m. service which is, interestingly, Pentecost Sunday. "We hope that we can gather many of the donors of that window together on that date as several are from away," he says. "It's a long weekend so it's possible they might be able to travel here for that."


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