January 24, 2018 — The stained glass windows in Loyola Marymount University's Sacred Heart Chapel in Los Angeles can now be viewed without entering the building, without looking up and without regard for the time of day.
Through the use of digital photography, each window and the full interior of the chapel can be seen at eye level as well as from the floor in a newly completed website, which offers three separate virtual tours that allow viewing of the entire chapel interior.
In 1954, when the windows were designed for Sacred Heart Chapel, there were 26 Jesuits who were recognized as saints, beginning with St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier. Each saint is depicted in one of the windows, together with accompanying symbols that religious artists identify as proper to each saint as a martyr, preacher, missionary or an example of other outstanding dedicated service.
The tall, narrow stained glass windows in Sacred Heart Chapel are also the only known collection that commemorates the 27Jesuit colleges and universities that were in existence in the United States when the chapel was built (there are now 28 U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities). Each of the windows contains a seal, or coat of arms, of one of the colleges and universities; in addition, two seals represent worldwide institutions: the Catholic Church and the Society of Jesus.
The images of the windows were taken with indirect sunlight, the best conditions for both photography and personal viewing. Visit the Sacred Heart Chapel Stained Glass Windows website at http://mission.lmu.edu/stainedglass. [Source: Loyola Marymount University]
Stained glass windows depicting St. Francis Xavier (left) and St. Aloysius Gonzaga (right).