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Stained Glass: “Our Daily Bread”

In this series we are exploring the meaning of “The Lord’s Prayer Windows”, the lower right-hand lineup of stained glass windows in the main Sanctuary. In a sermon last fall by Mother Kate, we took a deeper look at the first window (Our Father). As a result of positive feedback, we decided to continue with this survey about what these windows are teaching us about our faith. Last week we covered the second window, Thy Kingdom Come. This week, we take a look at the third window, named Our Daily Bread.
Beginning at the top of the window you first find the Tree of Life, from the Garden of Eden. In the center is a family most likely giving thanks for their meal. Note that the elements of the Eucharist (bread and wine) are woven into the tablecloth. Below this image is a depiction of a farmer working in the field, cultivating the wheat which will become “our daily bread.” This window is also framed by fleurs de lys, which represents Mary, the new Eve.
It is interesting to note that all of St. James’ windows were created by the Los Angeles-based Judson Studios, whose secular and sacred window designs can be seen all around southern California.
For more information on all our windows, you may obtain a copy of A Guide to the Stained Glass Windows of Saint James’ Episcopal Church Los Angeles, available for a suggested donation of $20. Please contact the church office at 213-388-3417. 
The original guidebook began about 1980, and was written by the Rev. Mark Lieske. Since then, many of St. James’ members have contributed to bringing it to its current edition, namely: Wills Beigel (deceased), Emily Maverick, Mary Maverick, Doug Seifert, Heidi McLean, the Rev. Canon Aidan Koh, John Daum (deceased), Karen White, Mike Lyons, and Mary Nichols. Sandra Lee was instrumental in creating the new design and getting the book printed. We are extremely thankful to everyone for the many hours of time and money it took to make this book possible.