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Stained Glass Window Descriptions - Altar
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聖堂建築設計獨特之處,從教友邁向祭台之時便能被覺察,愈向前行,更多窗扇便愈被揭示出來。 “天使的步階” 極其恰巧地先被展示出來。路加宗徒指出,當他與主耶穌在山園祈禱時,有天使從天堂降下。 步階梯級是 “耶穌苦難” 的器具之一。“見一個梯子直立地上,梯頂與天相接,天主的使者在梯子上,上來下去。”(創:28-12) 

梯階是通向天堂之路,當你愈接近主耶穌及祭台,更滿全的天階愈被揭示,在我們的聖堂內,其建築特式加上此天梯畫像的配合,端的如是。 此梯級亦有雙重表徵意義,其一是我們屬靈的旅程,其二是大多數加拿大人的新天地旅程,由原先的居地移徙到逹這新天地的過程。 




The unique architecture of the Church comes into play here, as you approach the altar more of the windows are revealed and you begin to see “The Angelic Ladder” This is appropriate in many ways. 

sg6.jpgWhen Luke was praying with Jesus in the Garden “there appeared an angel unto him from heaven”. The ladder is one of the instruments of the “Passion”. “Behold a ladder set up on the earth and the top of it reached to Heaven”; And Behold the Angels of God ascending and descending on it” (Gen.28-12). 

The ladder is the gateway to heaven and in this setting the closer you are to the altar and Jesus the more of the ladder to heaven is revealed. The ladder is also indicative of both our spiritual journey as well as the journey to the new land, which almost all Canadians have taken from their homelands to their new home. 

Embracing the ladder and the crossing at the bottom are two branches. Look closer for these are from the Tree of Jesse, which is the Tree of Life,“and there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse and a branch shall grow out from his roots.” This is another reference to the unique nature of all Canadians, establishing new roots and growing branches.One of the two branches bears maple leaves, representing Canada, and the other, bamboo leaves, representing the Canadian Chinese. 

As you look towards the top of the windows the circle is revealed. The circle is globally accepted as the symbol of Eternity and never ending existence; the three of them express the beginning, the middle and the end. In Christian Symbolism three became the divine number suggesting the Trinity and also the three days that Jesus Christ spent in the tomb. Within the circle is the lily; the symbol of purity and also of the Virgin Mary. 

At the top of the windows we see the stars, lighting the darkness of the heavens at night. The start represents Divine Guidance. And finally the clouds in the corners are the natural veil of the blue sky and therefore used as a symbol of the unseen but ever present God.