The stainglass windows of Saint Rita's Chapel in Fontenay-aux-Roses near Paris are beautiful and rich in symbolic meaning.
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SYMBOLISM OF STAINGLASS WINDOWS OF SAINT RITA'S CHAPEL OF FONTENAY AUX ROSES NEAR PARIS BY THEIR AUTHOR: MARY JOSEPHE GUEVEL
Glass Tiles from February to April cm thick crimped in the epoxy resin. Design Theme:• In general, the right side of the chapel is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and St. Rita is the dominant blue. The left side is devoted to Jesus Christ, the dominant red and gold, according to tradition.• On the right, looking at the altar are the three windows of Sainte Rita and the birth of the Virgin (the smallest). The blue and purple swirls, like a protective mantle, surround and radiate the statue of Saint Rita of soft light of goodness and compassion.The red spots symbolize the suffering of the holy blood of his forehead, ascending to God, is transformed into roses, that is to say thanks for us. These roses also symbolize the Virgin Mary in the 4th window and they transform into Rosa mystica, the perfect flower, symbol of Mary.In contrast with the strong colors of the lower windows, lit up in colors of Christ, indentations, a symbol of hope for those desperate, St. Rita pray. These windows are especially designed to inspire prayer and meditation.They are gateways to the spiritual world that must be crossed slowly. Just as the music is just agreement of tones, the exact position of the harmonic line, which thrilled the audience beyond anything that the symbolic level may first be felt.Generally it is the same for all windows of the chapel. • At the back of the chapel, in the porch, arms of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, gold and yellow colors of Christ, stand out a starry blue background, symbol of the Virgin Mary. The top door of the porch are the glory of God extends to the cosmos, the whole universe. • At the back of the chapel to the left, the Annunciation is the fertilization of our material world by Spirit of God.Composition of both biological and cosmic forms ... at the same time embryo and dynamic shape for this galaxy spiral. Yellow symbolizes the Holy Spirit, the gray matter. • The three windows at the bottom left as the theme of Pentecost.These windows are from the light of the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus Christ to his apostles and to us all, by extension. The flames are not only sparks put on their heads and symbolized by the twisted design but also our inner light by Holy Spirit.These windows must give an impression of diffuse radiation penetrating: the Holy Spirit be in us, not outside of us. The top of windows, bright and gold, symbolizing God, the divine light, down more Dark is the man.The design recalls the other wheat harvest, the harvest of God. Pentecost was celebrated at harvest time among the Jews. • The three main windows of the choir left the theme for Resurrection. Stained key since the Church is the Church of the Risen Christ.The windows needed to be brighter and the light of Jesus Christ shines upon all. It includes the cross but also the glare of the spiritual light of Christ risen, given by the crystal blocks cut from the mass pushing on sides the elements of matter:rocks, stones, dead flesh and all that is dead in us. The darker bottom shows that the history of the world has changed after the coming of Christ and his resurrection from the opposite light shade. The stained glass illuminates the altar of his warm and comforting light.It is conceived as a symphony amount of earth to heaven. The pace of design leads the eye down the ground up by lighting the heavenly altar recalls Christ's words reported by St. Matthew:"And here I am with you always, until
 Marie- Josephus Guével won the first international prize in 1989 stained glass, Chartres.  The arms of the Oblates back to about 1840.The symbol includes a Marian M (Mary) which widens the upper V-shaped (Virgin), all surrounded by an O (Oblates). In the center, the small point up is the symmetrical points down and can also read an A, second letter of Mary:because it was customary in antiquity to the abbreviations with the first two letters of the name (see for example the "chi-rho", XP, for Christ).It is also very common in Christian art to meet a million and one interlaced, which are also the initials of Ave Maria (Hail Mary "in Latin). We thus find OMV corresponding Latin to "Oblates of the Virgin Mary."The motto "cogito Mariam, Mariam invoca": "Think of Mary, call Mary" comes from St. Bernard (Sup. Missus is 2.17). The crown of twelve stars comes from the Apocalypse: "Then a great sign appeared in heaven:a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars "(Rev. 12:1).This ring has been attributed to the Virgin from the earliest times and is listed in the medal Mary asked herself to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830, during the apparitions of the Rue du Bac in Paris.