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OUR STAINED GLASS WINDOWS
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CHAPEL

DIVINO NIÑO JESÚS

 

 

 

This was the second window installed in our Chapel. It was donated in honor of the Divino Niño Jesús and in loving memory of Gabriel & Cleofe Cuadros. The devotion to the Baby Jesus was introduced to our parish by our current Pastor, Father Jesús Cuadros. Gabriel & Cleofe Cuadros are the beloved parents of Fr. Jesús.

 

 

 

The center image of the Divino Niño Jesús. Note the nimbus (halo) contains a cross which symbolizes our redemption through the cross.

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The devotion to the Divino Niño Jesús started in Bogota, Colombia. This devotion has spread worldwide. Mother Angelica was instrumental in building a new shrine in honor of the Divino Niño in Alabama after her 1995 visit to Colombia.

It is a beautiful little image of the Christ child, dressed in a pink tunic, with a happy smile on his face and with his arms thrown up as if he is waiting for a hug. Originally the sculpture showed the Divine Child attached to a cross....

According to a Basilian Fathers' website....
"..... when the Salesian priest Father Giovanni Battista del Rizzo (1882-1957) came to Colombia as a missionary in the 1930's, he had a great devotion to the infancy of Our Lord. Sent to an impoverished area of Bogota, he wanted to bring the love and the hope of the Incarnate Word to the people. In an antique store, he found a beautiful statue of the Christ Child, smiling, with his little hands held out, and backed with a cross. Father Rizzo said, 'What! So little and already you want to crucify him? Take off that cross and I will take it.' After having an artist place the words “Yo Reinaré” (I will reign) at the base of the statue, Father Rizzo took the little image with him back to his poor barrio.

Here he began to preach to the people about the favors the Christ Child does for those who have faith and who help the poor. He built a small chapel in honor of the Divine Child and soon miracles and prodigies began to be reported. The devotion increased and began to spread. The people came first from neighboring barrios and then from the city. The government had to complete the road into the barrio because so many busses began to come, bringing people to pray to the Holy child and attend the masses there.

Father Rizzo constantly preached a love for the poor and recommended that when asking the Holy Child for favors people should promise to give aid to those less fortunate. He also told people that when their prayers were answered they should tell others about the Holy Child. The cornerstone of the devotion, however, is faith. He often said, 'Have faith and you will see miracles.'

In addition to heeding Father Rizzo’s wise advice, when we look at the beautiful image of El Divino Niño, we can also remember the cross to which it was once attached. It was through the cross and Christ’s glorious resurrection that we gain the hope of Heaven. We should also recall the words on the base of the image – “I will reign!” Through our faith and charity we are helping to bring about Christ’s reign on this earth as we wait in hope for entrance to the next world......"


The beautiful image of the Sanctuary of the Divino Niño in Bogota, Colombia.

 

All of the new Stained Glass window have emblems of New York City, starting with the image of the Chrysler Building at the top. The Chrysler Building is one of the best know and classic example of Art Deco skyscrapers in New York City. It was the world's tallest building for 11 months until that title was claimed by the Empire State Building in 1931.

 

All of the new Stained Glass window have emblems of New York City, slightly below the image of the Chrysler Building, we find the Empire State Building behind a church spire on both the left and right sides of the window. The Empire State Building is one of the best know buildings in New York City. An Art Deco skyscraper, it stood as the world's tallest building for over forty years. It has been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It is especially known for it's lights and King Kong.

The Divino Niño Jesús window is the only window to contain an Easter Lily under the image of the Empire State Building. These beautiful white flowers are a perfect symbol for our beautiful, pure and perfect Savior. The Easter Lily is a long time Christian tradition decorating church altars, homes and store windows in celebration of Easter. Their sturdy stems and beauty white trumpets containing gold tipped centers reach toward the heavens.

The remainder of the images are of the people of Park Slope and Columbia.....

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