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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows
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Last Tuesday I visited a fellow blogger in Chicago, IL and both of us visited the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, which is free and open to the public on Navy Pier.



Below you will find a selection of some of the stained glass which I photographed while visiting the Museum. Remember that earlier this summer I mentioned that I am in Chicagoland for the summer months and if anyone would like, I would be happy to visit with them in Chicago.


Some of the stained glass featured picturesque landscapes:


Most of the available stained glass depicted iconic moments in Christianity such as the Magi's Adoration of the Christ Child (pictured below).





St. Patrick was honored with several images available for viewing in the Museum:






Three Persons in One God, the Blessed Trinity:


Even the Old Testament figure of King Solomon - who is venerated as a saint in Catholicism - was prominently featured in a Stained Glass Window.



Our Lord and the Apostles in the Garden of Gethsemane:



Above all, the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows reinforced the idea that one's environment is conduce to one's prayer. If we only frequent buildings that have eliminated statues, icons, paintings, stained glass, etc., then we are depriving our senses of the joy that can be obtained through the viewing of such a masterpiece. Such masterpieces transcend the typical and force us to contemplate the wonders of the Divine God, who is rightfully honored with many beautiful paintings, icon, glass windows, Cathedrals, and other wonders throughout the world.

2 comments:

del_button August 13, 2009 at 10:56 PM
stbensgirl said...

Thanks so much for the beautiful photos of such beautiful subjects. The trouble we take for our churches makes me wish we took that much trouble for our schools. What would our children be like if surrounded by the most uplifting subjects possible instead of something mistaken for a prison? I think they would tend toward the angelic, and certainly our society would profit, for these young people would return our investment for the rest of their lives.

del_button October 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM
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