Holy Family window

The glorious arrival of Our Lord in all its magnificence is portrayed in this large (3 x 12 ft.) window at St Mary Catholic Church in McHenry, IL.

The scene is painted like a classical oil painting, with Christ at the center, your eyes then traveling anticlockwise to Mary, Joseph, and spiraling outwards. The shepherd is represented as a Franciscan, dressed in brown robe and leather strap sandals like those worn by the Franciscans in the holy land today. For decades St Mary’s was home to a convent of Franciscan teaching sisters, several of which educated your author in middle school. Note that the cow and ass are included along with poppies in the lower right and poinsettias in the upper right. The predominate color scheme in all the windows is blue, casting Mary’s calming and nurturing light throughout the interior.
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