Praying with Stained Glass: The Eagle in the South Rose at Chartres (5)

An eagle, symbolizing John, the author of the fourth gospel, flies above Christ’s head in this rose. I feel happy seeing Jesus’ friends (the three other gospel writers are also found nearby) so close to him. It never ceases to amaze and delight me that God seeks a relationship with human beings–like John, and me–and you.

Angel incensing near Christ, South Rose Window by Jill K H Geoffrion
My prayer:

Thank You for John’s love for you–and yours for him. Thank You for Your love for me. May my love for You help me to fly high and see far–like an eagle.

 Biblical Touchstone:

Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living creatures…the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with a face like a human face, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle. Revelation 4:6-7 (NRSV)

Eagle (John) near Christ, South Rose Window by Jill K H GeoffrionInvitation to Prayer:

Consider with your heart and mind John’s description of himself, “One of Jesus’ disciplesthe one whom Jesus loved…” (John 13:23) Consider yourself as Jesus’ disciple, one He loves. What prayers are emerging in your mind, heart, body, and imagination? Pray them now.


An eagle representing the gospel writer and disciple John in the south rose stained glass window (1221-1230) at the Chartres Cathedral in France.

The South Rose at Chartres Cathedral by Jill Geoffrion

Other Posts in this series on Praying with the South Rose at the Chartres Cathedral:
(1) Meeting the Stained Glass Window
(2) The Center
(3) Symbols that still speak to us
(4) Censing angels

Eagle (John) near Christ, South Rose Window by Jill K H Geoffrion




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