The Chapel Window Explained
Our school Chapel has a wonderful stained glass window which has a huge array of symbols:
The Pascal Candle
The Pascal candle is lit to celebrate the Resurrection at Easter. It is a constant reminder of the presence of God and that all Christians are called to be light-bearers in the world. “I am the light of the world” (John 9:5)
The tree is shaped like a cross, symbolic of the cross of Christ. To celebrate the decade of Evangelisation (1990-2000), each year, trees were planted in feeder schools across the Deanery. In addition to this, ten trees were planted outside the Chapel and next to Bosco Building.
“A man scatters seed on the land. Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know.” (Mark 4:26-27)
Alpha and Omega
The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet form a monogram used for Jesus Christ. This is important for Christians as it shows that Jesus is eternal. “’I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’” (Revelation 1:8)
This is a sign of the new dawn of Resurrection, the bright light of Jesus Christ after the darkness of his death.
“Jesus said, ‘I am the Resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me, even though that person dies, will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.’” (John 11:25-26)
A universal symbol of peace and purity. The dove represents the Holy Spirit present at Jesus’ baptism.
“John declared, ‘I saw the spirit come down like a dove from heaven and rest on him.’” (John 1:32)
Loaves and Fish
Christians are called to be fishers of men and to share in the Eucharist. In doing so, there is a reminder that, like Christ, sharing food and wealth is an important part of Christian life; there is enough food for everyone. “Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven, and said the blessing over them; then he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute among the crowd.” (Luke 9:16)
The circular shape of the window indicates the eternal nature of God. There is no beginning and no end; God’s love never ends. “The gift freely given by God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Found in the base of the candle, this logo was used as part of the Vision 2000 celebration. The Millennium was the Church’s year of Jubilee. “The jubilee will be a holy thing for you.” (Leviticus 25:12)