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OUR STAINED GLASS WINDOWS
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CHAPEL

SAINT PATRICK OF IRELAND

 

 

This was the fourth window installed in our Chapel. Donated by the Devine Family for the "Greater Glory of God" (Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam), in honor of Saint Patrick and in memory of their parents - Bernard F. Devine & Mary Flannigan Devine.

 

The center image of Saint Patrick

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Saint Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. His birth name was Maewyn Succat and he was not overly religious as a child. Kidnapped from the British mainland around age 16, he was taken to Ireland as a slave. He lived in the mountains as as shepherd, his faith grew in captivity and he spent his time in prayer. After 6 years, he had a dream to return to Britain, so he escaped and managed to return to his family.

Patrick had a immense desire to return to Ireland as a missionary and studied to be a priest. In 432 upon the death of Pallidius, the first Bishop of Ireland, Pope Celestine consecrated him as a Bishop and gave him the name "Patricius".

Patrick returned to Ireland with 25 followers and made his base in County Armagh. He made extensive, successful missionary journeys through all of Ireland, spending his time preaching, teaching, building churches, opening schools, monasteries and converting the Irish people.

Patrick died on March 17th, 461 at Saul in County Down and is credited with establishing the Catholic faith in Ireland.

Note that Saint Patrick is carrying a book for teaching the faith, wearing his priestly robes and his Bishop's Miter & Crosier.

 


The Shamrock ~ the symbol of the Holy Trinity, Saint Patrick and Ireland.
The shamrock is a clover plant with flowers that can be yellow, white or pink and leaflets made up of a stem with three small green leaves.  The plant is extremely common throughout Ireland. When Saint Patrick was attempting to convert the local pagans, he utilized this plant to explain the mystery of the Trinity. How a single plant with 3 leaves can depict the one Triune God with 3 separate and distinct persons.

 

 

 

The Irish Celtic Cross surrounded by Shamrocks (see above). The Celtic cross is a cross whose four arms are intersected by a central circular ring. The circle in the Celtic cross may be a symbol of eternity and the endlessness of God's love. The spiraling geometric patterns or knots symbolized humanities twisting journey through life.




 

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.

 

 

Images in loving memory of Mary Flannigan Devine......

 

 

There was always a cat in the household and Mary loved to knit and crochet.

 

 

Mary immigrated from Lawn, a poor fishing outport located on the Burin Peninsula of the Island of Newfoundland.
Mary had a strong devotion to St. Dymphna, who was an Irish princess. After Dymphna's mother died, her pagan father wanted to married her. Dymphna escaped with her confessor to Belgium where her father killed both of them. She is the patroness of people who suffer from depression..

 

Images in loving memory of Bernard Francis Devine......

 

Barney delighted in being a member of the New York City Police Department Mounted Unit for over 40 years and one of the founding members of the New York City Police Department Emerald Society.

 

 

Barney had a strong devotion to St. Francis of Assisi, due to his middle name and St. Francis' patronage of animals. Francis of Assisi was a poor little man who inspired the Church by following all the Jesus said and did. Francis followed Jesus with unlimited total joy!! The cross in the neglected chapel of San Damiano instructed Francis to "Go out and build up my house, for it is nearly falling down.
Francis' first rule for his followers was totally from the Gospels. He had no intention of founding the Franciscan order, but once it came into existence, he protected it and accepted the structures needed to support it. He was absolutely devoted to the Church.
At the end Francis was blind and seriously ill. Two years prior to his death, he had received the stigmata. On his deathbed he thank God for our "Sister Death".

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