Gallery / Left Window - Martyrs of Japan

19 November 2015

This window depicts the tough early years of the Christianity in Japan. The persecutions of christians were extremely cruel at the time. The figures depicted in the stained glass windows are only one among many victims. Thousands of Christians were killed in very vicious way. They were burned alive, beheaded or crucified.



 
 
 
The upper window depicts the arrival of st.Francis Xavier to Japan in 15 August 1549. St.Francis is standing by the mountains, holding cross. In the background there is a sea with some silhouettes of ships and the rocks of Kagoshima.
The middle window depicts the martyrdom of the Christians in Tokyo, 400 years ago.
The lower window depicts the portraits of the martyrs. In the foreground there is Adam Arakawa (1614). On the left is sitting Leon Saisho from Kagoshima (1608), on the right is Sishiemon Abutomo. Behind them is Genka Gaspar with his family (1609). On the upper right part  - martyrs from Hiroshima and Yamaguchi - Jintaro Toyama i Motonao Kumagaya, Mondo Joan Hara (1623) from Edo.

 
To view the details click on the desired part of the picture please. Big picture of stained glass panel together with description of the theological content will be displayed.
 

or go directly to the rest of the stained glass windows:

Window 1 - We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty
Window 2 - We believe God, maker of heaven and earth, and of all that is, seen and unseen.
Window 3 - We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ
Window 4 - Second person of the Trinity
Window 5 - We believe in Jesus Christ
Window 6 - We believe in Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary
Window 7 - He suffered under Pontius Pilate
Window 8 - He descended into hell, on the third day he rose again
Window 9 - He ascended into heaven
Window 10 - We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life
Window 11 - I believe in the holy catholic Church
Window 12 - I believe in the forgiveness of sins
Window 13 - I believe in the resurrection of the body
Window 14 - I believe in the life everlasting. Amen.
Gallery / Middle Window - Immaculate Mother and the martyrdom of Christians
Gallery / Right Window - The Martyrdom of Christians in Japan,

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