When patients and visitors enter the Mercy Hospice Inpatient Unit, their eyes are drawn to a brilliant window at the end of the hall. Symbolism in the design springs from biblical and traditional images of God as light. Mary Ann was particularly inspired by the writings of John the Evangelist: "We are declaring to you what we have seen and heard, so that you too may share our life. Our life is shared with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ . . . . God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all" (1 Jn 1: 3–5).
The window's primary image is the sun, representing God's power, Christ's victory over death, and the Holy Spirit's presence. Integrated into the sun and its rays is a chi rho, a monogram of Christ, who like us experienced suffering and death.
Glass was chosen to provide bright, warm color during the day and highlights at night: German mouth-blown ("antique") glass and hand-poured opalescent glass from Connellsville, Pennsylvania. This window is dedicated to the memory of a woman who died in the unit and was commissioned by her children.
Dimensions: 35.6" x 34.6" upper lite, 16.1" x 34.6" lower lite
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