Classic Glass in a New Church

Classic Glass in a New Church October 2, 2014
Detail - salvaged stained glass to be installed at OLR Greenville.
Detail – salvaged stained glass to be installed at OLR Greenville.

Today they came and took our stained glass away.

For a couple of years it has been stored in our parish garage.

King Richard’s Ecclesiastical Salvage firm took a fantastic set of stained glass windows out of St Mary Morning Star Church in Pittsfield, Massachussets, shipped to Greenville in crates and stored them in our garage.

In the meantime, our architects built the new church around them.

Now we’re ready for the craftsmen to clean and restore them, fit them into custom, hi tech protective frames and get them ready for installation in our new church.

We hope to begin construction on the new church in the Spring or early summer.

The windows were made by the Wilbur Burnham studios.  Among his most notable works are windows in the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, Washington DC, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Riverside Church in New York City, Princeton University Chapel, and the American Church in Paris…and now Our Lady of the Rosary in Greenville, South Carolina.

There are ten large nave windows in the Romanesque style and thirty two smaller windows at the clerstory level. The windows portray a series of Biblical scenes and scenes from the lives of the Blessed Virgin and the saints. Most impressive is a great rose window which portrays the mysteries of the rosary….for Our Lady of the Rosary Church.

paired clerestory windows by Wilbur Burnham studios for the new OLR church in Greenville, SC
paired clerestory windows by Wilbur Burnham studios for the new OLR church in Greenville, SC

Some of the windows are still available for naming opportunities. Would you like to know more? Why not make a significant donation to the building of this new church and select a window in honor of your family or a deceased friend or family member?

If you would like to learn more about this church building project go here.

I am writing about the project most days on the blog hoping to spark interest. If every blog reader gave $10.00 we’d raise $100,000 for this last phase of our Capital Campaign.

Can you make a gift? Can you make a substantial gift? If you can go here to make an instant donation to the cause.

If you want to know more about the stained glass windows or other naming opportunities drop me an email at dlongenecker1@gmail.com

 

 


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