“Antique” is a term commonly used to refer to objects that are more than 100 years old. My local church was built in 1888 so the windows and decorations are antique under this definition. I want to share a couple more pictures of this art. The stained glass window of the Archangel Raphael is currently my favourite window. To find out why St. Raphael is shown holding a fish you need to read the Book of Tobit. In this book of the bible, St. Raphael helps a bedevilled woman called Sarah by defeating Asmodeus, the demon of lust.
The mosaic is on the floor of the side chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The lilies represent Our Lady’s purity, and the crown represents her reign as Queen of Heaven. The meaning of the motto is “Hail Mary, full of grace” and provides a (perhaps rather tenuous) link with the video I share at the end of this post.