Tour of St. Luke’s Church. Afton Hinsdale, Kelsey Grifffin , Meghan Nye . Day Noticings.
Afton Hinsdale, Kelsey Grifffin, Meghan Nye
Ceiling and Windows
Q: Who constructed St. Luke’s Church?
A: St. Luke’s Church was constructed by Archbishop John M. Gannon
Q: How were the designs of the stained glass chosen?
A:At the invitation of the pastor, Sr. Jacqueline Schuler, RSM, who then taught 8th grade at St. Luke School, began the design of the windows. The construction of the windows was by Winterich Studios of Cleveland. All of the windows are integrated by the same theme – the coming of Christ, past, present and future. The east side is the Incarnation, Christ’s first appearance on earth. The west window is the Parousia, the last coming of Christ. The Medieval cathedral always reserved the west side of the edifice for a representation of the Last Judgment. The north window is a huge pillar of fire signifying the daily descent of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The sacristy window is a reminder of the most important daily activity of the priest – that of offering the Mass. The words, “I will go to the altar of God, to God who gives joy to my youth,” are taken from the text of the Tridentine Mass and formerly constituted part of the “Prayers at the Foot of the Altar.”
* Either leaving school to go home, or coming back from a long shopping day at the mall, I must have driven by St. Luke’s over a hundred times. I always knew it was there, but I never really took the time to look at it. When I did take the time though, the first thing I noticed was the beautiful stained glass. One night I was on my way back to school from being home for the weekend, I was driving and this brilliant blue and red light caught my eye. As I focused on what it was, I realized that it was the stained glass of St. Luke’s church. The sight was absolutely beautiful, not only is this church pretty to look at in the light, but it is magnificent in the dark as well. After taking this class, it has made me take the time to look at things more closely. By looking at St. Luke’s, I was able to see just how intricate this structure is.
* Every time I passed St. Luke’s Church on the way to school I never once thought to stop and look inside. When our group picked St. Luke’s Church as our project I looked forward to seeing the Church. I have heard many people talk about the beauty of the Church. Our group went on a beautiful day to view St. Luke’s. The outside of St. Luke’s was very intricate with carved saints on the sides and the inscriptions. Walking through the doors the stained glass was amazing. Walking through and looking at everything on the stain glass I realized how artistic stained glass is. The colors and designs form a masterpiece that makes the Church glow. Every little detail in the Church was breathtaking. I loved how the candles for prayers were all different colors to add to the colors in the stained glass. Every color seemed to stand out in the Church. In the baptismal section of the Church the marble on the wall was beautifully designed with a picture. Everything in the Church just looked as though it took so much time to perfect.
* I have driven by St. Luke's several times, and never really seemed to notice it. One Sunday I had missed mass, so I looked up times and found that St. Luke’s had a mass that I was able to get to. When I arrived I was blown away by the beauty of the church. I have to say I'm sure that I spent most of the mass looking around the church and not paying attention. When I found out about this project I immediately thought of St. Luke’s beauty and that it would be perfect to look at in more depth. When we looked through the church I got to really see all of the beauty that was displayed everywhere, yet can be so easily over looked. Being able to explore the church was a wonderful experience that I will never forget.
Type of stones
History behind church
# of members
History behind the church
Meaning behind stain glass windows
Possible Lines of inquiry
Research composers of hymns sung in church
St. Luke’s Church
Count how many pews in church and figure out capacity
Create bulletin board
Create own church out of cardboard
Find history of the Catholic Church; make timeline
Day and Night time Noticings
What is the building made of?
Questions about work of art
What was the weather like?
How old is it?
Who built it?
Why was it named after St. Luke?
Why was it built?
When was it constructed?
Ceiling and Windows
Aesthetic: Why is St. Luke’s church so intriguing in it’s portrayal of the various elements of art using it’s stained glass windows? i.e. line, color, texture, shape, form, space and value; principles of design i.e. balance, proportion, historical significances?
Pedagogical: How does St. Luke’s Church, the architecture, and stain glass, change our perception of the environment around us? How does it impact the lives of people who experience the Church?