Symbolism of the Stained Glass Window
Llantarnam Abbey Chapel
The stained glass window was commissioned as a memorial to celebrate the Great Jubilee of the New Millennium 2000.
The lower part of the window with green and blue glass represents the mountains and valleys of Wales where Llantarnam Abbey is situated. The mountains represent the high moments 'times of grace', inspiration and vision since our foundation in 1650. The valleys symbolise the low moments 'times of difficulty and struggle'. The blue represents the rivers 'the water of life', symbolising all that is nurturing and life-giving. The white Circle of Light symbolises the centrality of God and reflects the Eucharistic nature of our Charism. It speaks of Resurrection and the connection between this life and the next.
The upper part of the window denotes movement and energy. It symbolises the journey of life 'ever moving and forever changing'. The red represents those Sisters who were martyred during the French Revolution and all those gone before us who have given their lives in service. It also represents the life and energy of the Sisters of St. Joseph and their Associates as they respond to the need of the 21st Century.