The stained-glass window above the center altar depicts King Wenceslaus
prepared to defend his people and his country.
|The painting on the ceiling to the left of
the High Altar shows Good King Wenceslaus on the Feast of St. Stephen (December
26) carrying supplies to the poor, old beggar. Recall the Christmas carol
about this: "Good King Wenceslaus look'd out...on the Feast of Stephen."
The painting above the Blessed Virgin's altar is Wenceslaus being killed
by his twin brother Boleslav and other henchmen, on the steps of the church
where Wenceslaus was going for early Mass.
|The painting of St. Wenceslaus and two pages
preparing bread and wine for the holy sacrifice of the Mass. According
to tradition, St. Wenceslaus was so devoted to the Mass and to Holy Communion
that he raised the wheat and grapes and prepared the bread and wine himself.
The painting above St. Joseph's altar is of Radislav, a chieftain who
rebelled against King Wenceslaus. After seeing a vision of an angel, he
knelt in submission and obedience.
Medallions of famous shrines in Europe are found painted along the side walls of the church.
of a shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary
loft is acclaimed as the most beautiful
example of rose-window art, second
only to the one in the National Chapel
in Washington, D.C.
started their misionary work in Czechoslovakia.
school here as a child
1) St. Cyril, monk and apostle to the Slavic
2) St. Methodius, priest and bishop
3) St. Adalbert of the Holy German Empire
4) St. Ludmila, Wenceslaus' grandmother
(note the palm of martyrdom)
5) a very young St. Agnes of Rome,
martyred for her Christian faith
6) St. Jhn Nepomuk, (1330-1393), was
bound in chains and thrown into the Vltava River when he refused to reveal the
confession of Queen Sophia to her husband, King Wenceslaus the Fourth, who suspected his queen of infidelity
an assistant pastor at St.Wenceslaus