The stained glass windows were designed by Dutch artist Leo Reighs. It is the first window of its kind in California. The subject of the window is taken from the Book of Revelation. To explain the iconography in his design Reighs used several passages from this text. Looking at the windows, the background or border area is designed with green glass. The artist explains that since the entire picture is made of glass, it literally and figuratively refers to Rev. 4:6 (“The floor around the throne was like a sea of glass, crystal clear.”)
In the center panel of the window sits “One like the Son of Man wearing an ankle-length robe, with a sash of gold about his breast” (Rev. 1:13). Jesus holds a book with Greek letters, Alpha & Omega. This was inspired by the passages, “ I am the Alpha and the Omega, the One who is and the One who lives…” (Rev. 1:17-18). The two upright fingers on the right hand raised in benediction symbolize the duality of Christboth human and divine.
In the top portion of the two middle panels there are four creatures which represent the four Gospel writers (these symbols have been associated with the four Evangelists since the 13th century).
“The first creature resembled a lion, the second an ox, the third had the face of a man, while the fourth looked like an eagle in flight” (Eze. 1:5-14).
The final six creatures are angels, who surround the throne of the kingdom. Four angels kneel and raise dishes of burning incense, while the other two stand holding censers (incense burners). “An angel came in holding a censer of gold...From the angel’s hand the smoke of the incense went up before God and with it the prayers of God’s people” (Rev. 8:3-4).
The disk of gold glass in the center of the window below the throne depicts the City of God. “The wall was constructed of jasper, the city was pure of gold, crystal clear (Rev. 21:18). This gold disk also signifies the host used in the Eucharist, our bread of Life, which unites us, the people of God, together as one.
“The angel then showed me the river of lifegiving water, clear as crystal, which issued from the throne of God and of the Lamb and flowed down the middle of the streets. On either side of the river grew the trees of life which produce fruit twelve times a year, once each month; the leaves serve as medicine for the nations” (Rev. 22:1-2). This river is symbolized by the blue glass shaped lie an inverted rainbow and filling the space below the god disk so that the lifegiving water flows directly into the Newman Center, symbolically baptizing the community.
The red band which circles the throne and the red rainbowshaped band have a plurality of meanings. First, they could symbolize the wall of the holy city, made of jasper as in Rev. 21: 18-19). Secondly they represent wine transformed into the blood of the Risen Lord, the life-blood of the Christian family. It not only flows continuously (the circular band), but also down into the Newman Center community (the rainbow shaped band). The third meaning can be found in Rev. 14: 18-20, which speaks of the wine press of God’s wrath: “So much blood poured out of the wine press that for two hundred miles it reached…” Reighs last citation is from Rev. 21:23 and is applied to the central figure of the window, Jesus, the Lamb of God and the light of the world: “The city had no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God gave it light and the lamp was the Lamb.