Stained Glass Windows

These beautiful stained glass windows were rescued from a closed church in Pennsylvania. (slide show on right.) In preparing for our new parish church, we were able to obtain eleven windows from a parish in Philadelphia that was being closed due to a consolidation of local parishes. The windows were crafted in 1889 by the F.X. Zettler Studio in Munich, Germany, and installed in the newly dedicated Our Lady of the Rosary parish in West Philadelphia. There are ten windows (136 x 58) each representing one of the five Sorrowful Mysteries and the five Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. There is also one large rose window (140 in diameter), which is the main window of the church’s front facade. These windows are beautiful masterpieces of art and faith.

The St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus gave a special gift towards the main rose window in remembrance of the Knights and their families of our parish, both living and deceased.

Individual Window Images

First Sorrowful Mystery

The Agony in the Garden

"Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, 'Sit here, while I go yonder and pray.' And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, 'My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.' And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, 'My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will"' (Mt 26:36-39). Source

Second Sorrowful Mystery

The Scourging at the Pillar

"Pilate released Barabbas to them, but after he had Jesus scourged, he handed him over to be crucified" (Mt 27,26). Source


Third Sorrowful Mystery

The Crowing with Thorns

"Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the praetorium, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on his head, and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him they mocked him, saying, 'Hail, King of the Jews!"' (Mt 27:27-29). Source

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery

The Carrying of the Cross

"And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull)" (Mk 15:21-22). Source

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery

The Crucifixion

"And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. And Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do' ...
It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun's light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, 'Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!' And having said this he breathed his last" (Lk 23:33-46).  Source

First Glorious Mystery

The Resurrection

"But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, 'Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen"' (Lk 24:1-5).  Source

Second Glorious Mystery

The Ascencion

"So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God" (Mk 16:19). Source

Third Glorious Mystery

The Descent of the Holy Spirit

"When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:1-4). Source

Fourth Glorious Mystery

The Assumption

"Henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me" (Lk 1:48-49). Source

Fifth Glorious Mystery

The Crowning of Our Lady Queen of Heaven

"And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars" (Rev 12:1). Source

The Knights' Window

The large rose window features the Blessed Mother and the Child Jesus surrounded by floral "petals". The St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus gave a special gift towards this window in remembrance of the Knights and their families of our parish, both living and deceased.