We'll take a month-long look at some objects from our Church and explain their meanings and symbolism. This month we will look at the mosaic found at the front of our church and learn more about the rich stories which are told there. If you have a question or a suggestion for a topic or symbol that you would like to hear about, please contact the Parish office.
Behind the Altar is a mosaic made of Venetian smaltic tile from Pietrasanta, Italy. Nationally know liturgical artist, Virginia Broderick (1917-2004) was responsible for its design.
The modern style, with its flowing forms contrasts with the rather rigid shape of the triangle, giving the whole picture grace and movement. The colors are sunny and joyous for celebration.
The central figure in the mosaic is the resurrected Christ, which is over twelve feet high. At the top of the mosaic, is a jeweled crown, indicating Christ's kingship. "He will come again to judge the living and the dead." Laurel leaves above his head and at the bottom of the design symbolize the glory of the redemption.
The Eucharist is here because it is Christ ever present in our lives. It is the center of our liturgy and and of our lives.
The Three Crosses
The three crosses on the mosaic symbolize the three crosses from Good Friday.
The Faithful People
At the top and across the bottom of the mosaic are the figures representing theFaithful People. They make St. Paul's expression live, "If we die with Christ, we will also live with Him" - "through Baptism into Christ's death we were buried with Him, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life."
The three butterflies symbolize the beauty and joy of the resurrection and hope.
The Holy Spirit
The red dove represents the Holy Spirit whom Christ promised to send after He had gone to the Father.
The Empty Tomb
The radiant empty tomb is found in the lower center of the mosaic.
Description of the symbols found within the mosaic were taken from the Holy Rosary Church Dedication Commemorative Booklet.
(April 23, 1978)