Be The Light // Our Christmas Window
The ceilings arch 500 feet over your head, the precision with which the arcades curved and met one another take your breath away, and the light spilling through the stained-glass windows and on to the floors created a dabbled path of color to follow as you explored each area of the church, otherwise only lit by candlelight. I’ve never been anywhere where hundreds of people are all in one space, silenced by awe. It doesn’t matter your background, it was impossible not to be moved by the utter beauty and sacredness of the space. And here we were, to be inspired!
Quakers will often talk about “holding someone in the light” which is the equivalent to lifting them up to God, lifting them to light and goodness so that they may have hope and peace. Quaker churches, called “Meeting Houses” by no means have any stained-glass windows – in fact they are hardly adorned at all whatsoever, but standing in that Catholic cathedral what I could relate to and what touched me the most was the light that shone through and I was reminded to “be the light”.
Although my team and I all have varying religious beliefs and experiences, we each were moved in different ways by the light we saw in that Cathedral and it held symbolic and spiritual meaning for each of us. These were feelings we wanted to bring back with us and convey to our guest through our artwork, and this is how the Christmas window theme this year became not only about stained-glass windows, but about the light that shines through them and through each of us. “Be the Light” became the theme of our season, which goes hand-in-hand with our give back mission to help combat homelessness and hunger by donating to charities that focus on giving back to those who are less fortunate. We invite our guest to “be the light” this season too, and to be the ray of hope that someone else might need, to hold someone else in the light and lift them up.
– Anne Thomas,
Creative Art Director, Visual