St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish (Boston College)/Transept windows
|Tour of the Art & Architecture of St. Ignatius Church|
North Transept Windows (Annunciation, Nativity, and Jesus as a Youth)
The Annunciation - The Angel Gabriel appears to Mary. The scroll reads "Ave Gratia Plena" ("Hail, full of grace"). Symbols include the dove (the Holy Spirit) and the lily (for Mary's purity).
The Nativity - Mary, Joseph, and the Baby Jesus in the manger.
Finding Jesus in the Temple - Mary finds the child Jesus teaching the elders in the Temple.
The Holy Family - Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in the carpenter shop in Nazareth.
South Transept Windows (The Public Ministry of Jesus)
The Wedding at Cana - Jesus turns the water to wine. This represents the beginning of his public ministry.
The Healing of the Leper - Jesus heals the Leper.
The Crucifixion - Pilate washes his hands after condemning Jesus. The Roman soldier holds a staff with SPQR, Latin for Senātus Populusque Rōmānus (The Roman Senate and People).
The Pietà - Mary holds the body of Jesus. The letters INRI on the cross are Latin for Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews).
Broad views of the Transept Windows
According to Jack FrostThe transept window on the north, or Epistle, side of the church portrays scenes from the hidden life of our Lord. From left to right the first lancet depicts the Annunciation; the second, the Nativity; the third, the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple; and the fourth, the Carpenter Shop at Nazareth. In this fourth lancet a medallion depicting a printer operating a press fittingly recalls the trade of the donors of this window.
Jack Frost describes the south transept windows as follows: The transept window on the Gospel side recalls events from the public life of Our Lord. From left to right the first lancet depicts the Wedding Feast at Cana; the second, the Healing of the Leper (Luke 5:12); the third, the Ecce Homo scene when Jesus was condemned to death by Pilate; the fourth, the Pieta scene when the body of Jesus was taken down from the cross and placed in the arms of His sorrowing mother.
The stained glass windows in the church made by Edward W. Heimer & Company of Paterson, New Jersey and were installed in the church in 1949.
- Frost, Jack (no date), The Art and Architecture of St. Ignatius Church, accessed at http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/prs/stign/architecture.html