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The west rose window, above the entrance of Christ the King Chapel.

There are five rose windows in the Chapel, one in the West over the entrance, one each in the North and South transepts and two smaller roses in the North and South walls near the West Rose.  The West Rose has at its center Christ the King crowned.  The 12 petals radiating outward glow with symbols of the 12 Apostles.  The two smaller rose windows in the North and South walls contain symbols of the Passion and of four Old Testament prophets: David, Ezekiel, Isaiah and Jeremiah.  In the center of the great rose window in the North transept is the Nativity under which are stained glass panels of the Joyful Mysteries.  The petals of this rose are inscribed with symbols of the Litany of the Blessed Virgin.  Finally, in the South transept are the Glorious Mysteries in four stained glass panels underneath the rose window.  The center of that window depicts the Pentecostal descent of the Holy Spirit upon His Apostles and the petals of the rose contain symbols for the seven Sacraments, the three theological virtues (Faith, Hope and Charity; for the Church; and for Prayer and Good Works).  In the stained glass windows on the left hand side of the altar are the Joyful Mysteries and the Glorious Mysteries are on the right hand side.  The Sorrowful Mysteries which are nowhere to be seen in the Chapel but are suggested implicitly by the 14 simple unadorned crosses which serve as stations of the cross.

To read more on the history of Christ the King Chapel, click here.

Submitted by: Gary Steltermann, communication specialist, college communications