December 28, 2011

Belgian stained-glass window in Bethlehem

photo: www.ateliermestdagh.be
Christmas is behind us and here I am after the fact with a posting related to it. The excuse for sending just one more Christmas related posting into the blog-world is that via Facebook (!) I just learned about the central stained-glass window by the brothers Ganton of the Church of St. Catherine in Bethlehem. 
This is the church where the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem celebrates Midnight mass on Christmas eve. The church is a Catholic church and Franciscan monastery  connected to the Church of the Nativity. 
The window, a present of Belgium, originally installed in 1926,  was restored in 2004  by Luc and Ingrid Mestdagh, of the well known glass workshop in Ghent.
Belgium's Consul General in Jerusalem at the time, Mr Guido Courtois, lent his support to the project and saw it to completion.
The window shows Jesus with his parents, with St Francis and a Franciscan brother. The stamp bears Belgium's coat of arms and the locket portrait of Belgian Cardinal Mercier.

http://www.ateliermestdagh.be/nl/restauratie/referentieproject-bethlehemhttp://francobollidelmondo.blogspot.com/2009/07/elgium-christmas-new-year.html

14 comments:

  1. Zoiets mag je zéker te laat bloggen, Anni ! Schitterend glasraam !
    Lie(f)s.

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  2. Heel erg mooi hoor!!...liefs van mij...xxx...

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  3. It's beautiful and a nice setting for it too.

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  4. Prachtig raam van glas in lood! Fijne jaarwisseling en bedankt voor je reacties dit jaar!


    Groetjes,

    Henk.

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  5. Beautiful window and wonderful detail! Great capture as always, Anni, and thank you for the interesting history/background! Hope you had a beautiful Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year!

    Sylvia

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  6. Anni, the picture is beautiful and I love your stories of explanation. Thanks!!

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  7. It is beautiful Annie! I was in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, last year...such a remarkable spot.

    Sending you warmest wishes for a lovely New Year :)

    Jeanne xx

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  8. I was in that church in Bethlehem but didn't know this.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  9. Prachtig,
    Dank zij jou ben ik weeral een stukje slimmer geworden vandaag :-)
    Ik wens je een goed eindejaar,
    FRans

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  10. Prachtig einde jaar gewenst en bedankt voor de bezoekjes !
    Willy

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  11. Meilleurs voeux de bonheur et de santé.
    Yvon.

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  12. J'ai du mal avec l'anglais mais je suppose qu'il s'agit d'un vitrail d'un artiste belge ... très belle oeuvre complexe, je pense !

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  13. Wow! Christmas is so pretty there. Just plain old gorgeous ocean, palm trees and blue skies here in Miami.
    Happy new year!

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