The Sacramental Windows
and Holy Orders
Left Window - Holy Unction
The Sacrament of Holy Unction is also referred to as the anointing of the sick and as Last Rites. Last Rites are administered to those who are about to die.
Holy Unction can be administered simply by the priest laying on hands and allowing the holy spirit to flow to the sick person. However, it can also be accompanied by the priest making the sign of the cross on the person's forehead with oil.
The sign of the cross is shown at the top with on an evergreen bed (life). At the bottom there is a black symbol of death reminding us of the role of Holy Unction for Last Rites.
The priests hands are shown with the grace flowing from them and a vessel for the oil .
Centre Window -
It was Christ himself that elevated the act of a man and woman marrying to the level of a sacrament. Every sacrament has an outward visible sign, and for Holy Matrimony it is the man and the woman that are this sign.
The married couples hands are shown entwined around a loving cup. The loving cup is an ancient tradition. The bride and groom would drink the first toast at the wedding feast from the loving cup, the cup being passed down the generations and to the guests.
The red ring is a holy ring representing the sacramental aspect and it is linked to a wedding ring.
Beneath the wedding ring
is a loving cup.
Wheat - represents the harvest of souls - and there is a background of fire representing the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Right Window -
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time. Priests are ordained into holy orders.
At the top of the window is an early chistian symbol (in blue) - a sign of holiness.
The priests pastoral work is represented by a shepherd's crook.
A ring - representing a priests marriage to the church is shown at the centre.