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Gethsemane Stained-Glass Windows
Gethsemane is identified as the beautiful stained glass
church on highway 183 between Lamar and Interstate 35. Gabriel Loire of
Chartres, France created the incredible stained glass windows of Gethsemane
in order “to give a mystical atmosphere so that those who come
have an experience of joy through peace with the window”. This
world-renowned artist introduced the world to this unique style of glass.
He received the French Legion of Honor award and his recognizable work
is installed around the world. When Gabriel was ever sad, he would pull
out the drawings of Gethsemane’s windows done by the children of
Gethsemane and his spirit would be lifted.
Each panel was created in Loire’s studio in Chartres and reassembled
on site like a giant puzzle. The windows utilize over 150 shades of Chartres’
blue with other colors for highlight effect in the windows and the light
does wonderful movement. The windows form the globe of a lantern, hanging
as "a lighthouse set on a hill". The altar in the center
is the light, declaring the gospel story to the people of God in Austin
and throughout the world.
To see all the Gethsemane stained glass windows and related scripture passages go to "A Heritage of Faith".
The front wall is 40 feet tall and reflects the theme of Gethsemane with
the hands of Christ in prayer and the words from the Garden of Gethsemane
where Jesus spoke to his disciples in Mark 14, to tarry, watch, pray,
and rise. The outline of the cross is visible. This magnificent piece
sets the theme, A Heritage of Faith, for the chancel and clerestory windows.
Stained glass is the traditional way to tell the stories of the Bible
and the church. Gethsemane’s windows tell the story from creation
in the northeast corner through the Old Testament covenants and promises
on the east side. The floor to ceiling windows on the east and west sides
of the altar proclaim the story of Jesus from birth to resurrection. The
west clerestory windows tell the story of the early Biblical church through
the church of our day, living with the Spirit in acts of grace, to the
final “alpha and omega” window at northwest corner.
Children and adults alike are amazed at the beauty of these fabulous spirit-filled
windows. Gabriel Loire has completed over 850 beautiful works around the
globe. Some of the outstanding works are Tower of Joy for Children in
Hakone, Japan; the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, Germany; Salisbury
Cathedral, Salisbury, England; Thanksgiving
Square, Dallas, Texas; Whatley Chapel, Denver, Colorado; Moody Memorial Methodist Church, Galveston,
Texas; Chapelle du College de la Salle in Cairo, Egypt.
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