The Clerestory Windows at Holy Innocents

The clerestory windows at Holy Innocents were installed well after the church was dedicated.  Funds for each depiction were donated by various parishioners.  Each scene was installed over a period of several years.  The glass incorporates with the theme of the church allowing an abundance of light into the church while providing a beautiful, modern, unique depiction of our faith.

Edward Arnot designed, created and installed each piece.

On the East Side From North to South

Clerestory Windows to the East

  • St. Matthew
  • Grapes
  • Chalice and Host
  • Cockleshell
  • Lamb of God
  • Saint Mark
Clerestory.Win.Matthew.CloseMatthew the Evangelist, the author of the first gospel account is symbolized by a winged man, or angel. Matthew’s gospel starts with Joseph’s genealogy from Abraham; it represents Jesus’ Incarnation, and so Christ’s human nature. This signifies that Christians should use their reason for salvation.
Clerestory.Win.Grape.CloseThe Grape Window, symbolizing the Eucharistic Wine, Fruit of the Vine and work of human hands, it shall become our spiritual drink.
Clerestory.Win.Eucharistic.CloseEucharistic Communion: The Chalice and Host, the Body and Blood of Jesus.
Clerestory.Win.Shell.CloseIn the early Church, baptisms were carried out by rivers, lakes, and streams, etc. A nearby shell was a convenient way to pour the water. The symbol of the seashell has been associated with baptism since the first centuries of the Christian church. We know this from paintings on the walls of the catacombs where early Christians worshiped which depict people being baptized with water poured from a seashell.
Clerestory.Win.Lamb.CloseThe Lamb of God, Agnus Dei, “Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Clerestory.Win.Mark.FarMark the Evangelist, the author of the second gospel account is symbolized by a winged lion – a figure of courage and monarchy. The lion also represents Jesus’ Resurrection (because lions were believed to sleep with open eyes, a comparison with Christ in the tomb), and Christ as king. This signifies that Christians should be courageous on the path of salvation.



On the West Side From North to South

Clerestory Windows to the West

  • St. John
  • Wheat
  • Holy Thursday/Fish
  • Anchor
  • Alpha and Omega
  • Sacred Heart
  • St Luke
Clerestory.Win.John.CloseJohn the Evangelist, the author of the fourth gospel account is symbolized by an eagle – a figure of the sky, and believed by Christian scholars to be able to look straight into the sun. John starts with an eternal overview of Jesus the Logos and goes on to describe many things with a “higher” christology than the other three (synoptic) gospels; it represents Jesus’ Ascension, and Christ’s divine nature. This symbolises that Christians should look on eternity without flinching as they journey towards their goal of union with God.
Clerestory.Win.Bread.CloseWheat: Symbol of the Eucharistic Bread, the Body of Christ
Clerestory.Win.Pitcher.FarThe pitcher and towel represent the Last Supper when Jesus washed the feel of his disciples as a sign of service to one another: “I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.
The other half of this window depicts water and fish, calling to mind Jesus’ call to his disciples: “I will make you fishers of men.”
Clerestory.Win.Anchor.CloseThe anchor was an early Christian symbol commonly found in the Roman catacombs as a symbol of the hope we have in Christ beyond this life . “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19
Clerestory.Win.AlphaOmega.CloseThe Symbols in the window are “alpha”, the first letter of the Greek alphabet, and “omega” the last letter of the Greek alphabet. Revelation 22:13 . I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
Clerestory.Win.Heart.CloseThe Sacred Heart of Jesu reminds us of the love and compassion of the heart of Christ towards humanity, and its long suffering
Clerestory.Win.Luke.CloseLuke the Evangelist, the author of the third gospel account (and the Acts of the Apostles) is symbolized by a winged ox or bull – a figure of sacrifice, service and strength. Luke’s account begins with the duties of Zacharias in the temple; it represents Jesus’ sacrifice in His Passion and Crucifixion, as well as Christ being High priest (this also represents Mary’s obedience). The ox signifies that Christians should be prepared to sacrifice themselves in following Christ.





Installation and Assembly

Installing the Shell Window. Don't look down!

Installing the Shell Window. Don’t look down!

Creating the Wheat Window

Creating the Wheat Window


Slide Show – Additional Photos

Below are more photos of our Clerestory Windows.  Please enjoy and let us know if you have any comments or questions!

Matthew the Evangelist
Pitcher and Towel
Pitcher & Towel, Fish
Alpha & Omega
Chalice & Host