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Monday, July 12, 2010

SAINT BRIGIT OF SWEDEN CHURCH IN VAN NUYS

2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY ADVENTURES

The Anointing of the Holy Spirit - The Christian Sacrament of Confirmation. Detail of stained glass window in Saint Brigit of Sweden Catholic Church in Van Nuys. The Holy Spirit is depicted symbolically as a dove.

Detail from a stained glass window depicting the Christian Sacrament of the Eucharist. Gerald Fecht 2010. The unleavened bread of Judaism becomes for Christians the center of their rituals and belief.

The Sacrament of Baptism depicted in stained glass - detail - photo by Gerald Fecht

The Christian Sacrament of Holy Orders. (detail of stained glass window - St. Brigit of Sweden Van Nuys - Photo by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2010) click on image to enlarge. Holy Orders confers the Christian priesthood in Apostolic churches. Christian priests are anointed with holy oils at their ordination.

Saint Brigit of Sweden is a Roman Catholic parish in a working class part of Van Nuys. It has a truly beautiful array of stained glass windows, and is often open for a respectful public to visit.

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