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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Saint Patrick (Glynwood)

Not far from St. Joseph in Wapakoneta is St. Patrick in Glynwood. This is one of the smaller churches.

While there I had the good fortune to meet one of the parishioners, Sterling Fenwick. He was just tiding up the sanctuary for the next mass and was more than happy to share some of the history of the church.

I got lucky and caught the sun shining through the stained glass windows into the the sanctuary for this picture.

This grouping in front of the High Altar captured my interest and made for a good shot.

Saint Michael the Arch Angel is on the left of the Main Altar.

I am not sure who is on the right.

And of course St. Patrick is in the middle.

Here is a close-up of one section of the altar.

The stained glass windows are high narrow arches with the message at the top. Here is one with the Anchor Symbol.

Here is what the Catholic Encyclopedia (New Advent) has to say about the Anchor.

The anchor, because of the great importance in navigation, was regarded in ancient times as a symbol of safety. The Christians, therefore, in adopting the anchor as a symbol of hope in future existence, merely gave a new and higher signification to a familiar emblem. In the teachings of Christianity the virtue of hope occupies a place of great importance; Christ is the unfailing hope of all who believe in Him. St. Peter, St. Paul, and several of the early Fathers speak in this sense, but the Epistle to the Hebrews for the first time connects the idea of hope with the symbol of the anchor. The writers says that we have "Hope" set before us "as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm" (Hebrews 6:19-20).

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