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The bed of straw on which Mary is reclining with the child Jesus depicts our Lord’s lowly birth. The wing forms in the upper portion of the window represent the multitude of angels that sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men,” on the night of Christ’s birth. The aureole around Jesus tells us that though he is Mary’s son, he is also the Son of God. The flower in the lower window is the Christmas or Messianic Rose. The promised Savior is called “the Rose of Sharon” in the Song of Solomon, 2:1.
The Baptism of Our Lord
In this window we see Jesus standing in the Jordan river being baptized by John the Baptist. Jesus was without sin, but he put himself under the law of God for our sake. The cross-staff in the Baptist’s left hand depicts him as Jesus’ Forerunner and foreshadows Christ’s death in the cross. The Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descends form the opened heavens, from where the voice of the father id heard, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew3:17. The halo about the head of Christ in this and other windows remind us of his divine nature.