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  1. A Christmas lantern

    The Nativity shines bright on your Christmas tree, with translucent film as stained glass…

     
    The Gothic window outlines are paper, the stained glass film—The Nativity Lantern features The Adoration of the Magi, Cathedral of the Epiphany, Soux City, Iowa. The heavy cross bars that are used to support the heavy stained glass have been removed, making for a more unified image. 
    Die Geburt Christi—The Birth of Christ—a delightful vintage German lampenschirm (lampshade). ...
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  2. Tharsella Pins says a tearful goodbye to St. Mary's in Dubuque, Iowa

    A synagogue is thinking of selling its precious stained-glass windows to keep its doors open; a 100-year-old parishioner mourns the closing of her beloved church; and an amateur photographer sends me a letter describing how even a closed church can once again become, "a cherished and often photographed" treasure…

     
    The unmistakeable F. X. Zettler Royal Bavarian Art Institute touch is evident in this detail of the superb Nativity stained glass window, St. Mary's Catholic ...
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  3. Away in a Manger—From Icons to Paper Nativities

    Through the ages, inspired iconographers set down the Good News of the Gospels—“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior. Which is Christ the Lord”—in icons of great beauty. Surely, these venerable holy images of Christ's Divine Birth also inspired the artists—and artisans—that brought us our beloved paper nativities...

     
    The Nativity, a Byzantine icon from the Monastery of Stavronikita, Mt. Athos (The Holy Mountain), Greece. Note the multiple scenes—the ...
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  4. Nativity stained glass window, St. John Cantius Church, Chicago

    A work of uplifting sacred art, The Nativity stained glass window of St. John Cantius Church, Chicago…

    Luminous stained glass frames the Navity video of the St. John Cantius Church Chicago . (Be sure your volume's on, so you can also enjoy the St. John Cantius choir.)  The Adoration of the Magi stained glass window rises from eye level to the very top of the aisle vault of St. John Cantius Catholic Church, Chicago. (The double window at the bottom was open to let in the ...
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  5. Neapolitan Praesepio—St. John Cantius Church, Chicago

    A stunning, museum-quality Praesepio, one of the sacred art treasures of St. John Cantius, in Chicago…

    The Praesepio video, framed by decorative elements of the altar of Our Lady of Chestochowa, is accompanied by St. John Cantius choir. (Be sure your volume's on, so you can also enjoy the St. John Cantius choir.)  St. John Cantius museum includes a large-size manuscript of Gregorian music—Brother Nathan Caswell, S.J.C., fills the museum with melodic chant.  If ...
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