Holy Cross Window Saints

Join Us For the Rumson St. Patrick's Day Parade Today at 1 PM

Whether you cheer along the line of march, or join with the contingent of our own parishioners who will be carrying the Irish Saints Banners from our windows, come enjoy the sunshine and the joy!

Blessed St. Patrick

We your spiritual sons and daughters

Remember the courage

With which you proclaimed

The Catholic faith throughout Ireland.

We ask you to inspire us

With the same courage

To witness our faith

To our own land.

You made the shamrock

A sign of the most wondrous

Mystery, The Holy Trinity.

Through your intercession

May this Trinity

Protect all who march

Under its banner

And give glory and honor

To God’s name

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Mary, Mother of the Church

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Mary, Mother of the Church Rose Window at Holy Cross Church, Rumson

Pope Francis has added a Marian celebration to the calendar of the church: Mary, Mother of the Church to be celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost Sunday.

Holy Cross created a window entitled "Mary, Mother of the Church" for the North Transept Rose Window. It consists of a central representation of Mary with the Infant Jesus, emphasizing her maternity, surrounded by representations of the 12 apostles and the 4 evangelists.

After yesterday's storm, complete with thunder-snow, the sun was shining brightly today and so I snapped this picture.


Four Evangelists in Sanctuary

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Images of Matthew, Mark and Luke have joined the image of St. John in our sanctuary. 

St. Matthew is symbolized by an angel or winged man, St. Mark by a winged lion, St. Luke by a winged bull and St. John by an eagle.

These iconographic representations of the evangelists come from the Book of Kells. The book has a connection with St. Columcille (Columba) - the third window from the east on the southern nave of Holy Cross -  and is sometimes called the Book of Columba, since by tradition it survived Viking raids on Iona from at least the 9th century.

 

 


St. Therese of Lisieux, The "Little Flower"

Nothing is little about everyday holiness, but it is simple and that is the message of the "little" way of holiness. Revolutionary for its time, St. Therese championed the idea that a call to holiness was not simply the province of priests or religious. Consonant with Pope Francis' Year of Mercy, she petitioned to be allowed to dedicate herself to the merciful suffering of Jesus.

It's not easy to keep track of Therese since her name itself has been spelled many ways and can also be properly appended with "Child of Jesus" and "Jesus of the Holy Face." 

St Therese of Lisieux at Holy Cross Church
The "Little Flower"


Our stained glass window shows her youthful beauty, her contemplation of cross with Jesus crucified and garlands of roses falling from her arms and Carmelite habit. Each is a clue about her life, which is certainly worth study. As a Doctor of the Church, her autobiography, A Story of a Soul, a good biography or writings about her spirituality are accessible and fruitful for spiritual seekers of all ages. 

 


St. Michael Window Shines In Holy Cross Church

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Today is St. Michael's feast day and the first time we have had a stained glass window of this saint in our church on his feast day.

Our window shows him clad in the armor of God brandishing a sword of flame and vanquishing Lucifer. On the shield above his head is emblazoned "Quis ut Deus," "Who is like God?" The scale at the top of the window recalls Michael's traditional role in weighing the souls of the just for entry into heaven. 

Beside the role of St. Michael defeating Lucifer and other rebellious angels for the battle of heaven, he has also been considered a kind of shuttle-angel, being sent to souls near death for a final opportunity to express sorrow for sins and be escorted to heaven.

Michael is invoked as the patron saint of those in the military, firefighters, police and the sick.  Pope Leo XIII added a prayer of exorcism to St. Michael at the end of the mass.

St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host cast into hell Satan and all the evils spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen