Our Stained Glass

The Transom Panels in the church (reading clockwise starting at the door by Canton Ave) signify the promises made by Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary.

1.I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life. 

This is symbolized by the dove drinking water from the font.  The water font symbolizes Christ as the Font of Life.  The water is the redeeming graces.  The dove symbolizes the faithful.

(Note: This panel cannot be seen from inside the main church.  The door is located in the music closet.)

2. I will establish peace in their families.

This is symbolized by the olive branch of peace inside the house.

3. I will comfort them in their trials. 

The willow branch symbolizes mourning and grief.  The rainbow denotes the pomise of better things to come, much like God’s promise to Noah.

4. I will be their secure refuge during life, and, above all, in death. 

The ship with the Chi-Rho mast signifies Christ and the church.  These are biblical references to the ‘ark’ in the Old Testament and “The Calming of the Storm” in the New Testament.

5. I will shed abundant blessings on all their undertaking.

The ray symbolizes Christ’s blessings. The cornucopia denotes the bounty of Christ and the rewards of working in God’s Kingdom.

6. Sinners will find in My Heart an infinite ocean of mercy. 

The cruet of oil represents the inexhaustible grace and mercy of Our Lord.  The broken sword is another symbol denoting mercy.

7. Lukewarm souls will become fervent. 

Shown is the dove and flames which parallel the event at Pentecost.  The touching of tongues upon the heads of the apostles fills them with the fervent desire to fulfill Christ’s commission to them.

8. Fervent souls will rapidly grow in holiness and perfection. 

The symbols are the hearth, fire and gold fagot (bundle of sticks).  The soul is likened to the gold fagot which is hardened and tempered over the fire.  Fire does not destroy the metal, but refines it and raises it to high perfection.

(Note: This door and transom were removed during the construction of the narthex of the church in 2015)

9. I will bless every place where an image of My Heart shall be exposed & honored. 

The rays of blessing rain down upon the place of enshrinement of the Sacred Heart.

(Note: This door and transom were removed during the construction of the narthex of the church in 2015)

10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts. 

This gift shall be compared to the conversion of Paul.  Symbolized are the shield and sword of Paul the soldier.  After his conversion they draw a different meaning.  The Sword of the Spirit is the Work of God.  Christ is our Shield and Strength.

11. The names of those who promote this devotion will be written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.

The wheat symbolizes those souls who have been of strong faith and promoted their devotion.  The crown symbolizes the reward of the faithful in life after death.  Hence they shall not be forgotten in death because of their devotion in life.

12. I promise thee, in the excessive mercy of My Heart, that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment. 

This promise is depicted in three transoms:

  1. The rose symbolizes Christ’s love.  The scourge symbolizes penitence.
  2. The vial contains the holy oil used in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
  3. The dove seeks shelter among the cleft in the rocks like the souls of the faithful seek shelter in the open side of the Savior.