2016-026 – Patrick’s Mandala

Rose Window at St. James
Richard Patrick Lyon Memorial Rose Window at St. James

This week’s MotD theme: Lots of Colors

U.K. stained glass artist, Roy Walter Coomber, designed this beautiful memorial rose window for the St. James the Great Episcopal Church in Newport Beach, California. Exquisitely built by J. Wippell & Co, it contains lots of colors, symmetry and asymmetry, as well as important spiritual symbology.

In memory of 11 year old, Richard Patrick Lyon, who died tragically from cancer, this window “will forever be to us a symbol of the young generation with whom we are called to share the Gospel.”

From the St. James web site:

The Dove and Flames
(symbol and power of the Holy Spirit)
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22)

The Petals:
Love = the Rose
Joy = the Banner of Victory
Peace = the Olive Branch
Meekness = the Yoke
Patience = the Palm & Crown of Martyrdom
Faithfulness = the Cup/Chalic
Temperance = the Bite
Gentleness = Lily of the Valley
Goodness = the Bible

Sadly this window is in a state of limbo with the family trying to find a new home for it since the church property has been sold to a residential developer. Read more about this story…

Inspiration for Today

With the mandala’s long history of being the expression of meditation and spirituality in symbolic form, Patrick’s window inspires us to notice how often we express ourselves in symbolic ways; in our writing, our language, and our art. Even in our body language: from every day mundane things like waving to each other for “hello” to placing our hands together and bowing as a sign of respect or reverence or the Hindu namaste.

Happy Coloring!

If you would want your mandala or your idea for a mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read about how on the Participate page. It’s easy! Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.


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