This Is My Beloved Son

The oldest Catholic parish in Champaign is St. Mary’s, immediately adjacent to the Urbana border and across the street from the Catholic hospital. I’ve been to Mass there a few times, and the first time I went, my attention was seized by this window in the baptistery:

Baptisma Domini

I have not yet found out exactly when it was made. The style is very late-20th-Century, and it’s an unusually good example of a modern window that harmonizes with an older church while being clearly of its time. It certainly gives St. Mary’s the most beautiful baptistery in town, in my not-at-all humble opinion, a place fitting for such an august rite.


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