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Christ the King and Loyola University of Los Angeles, California
Jung, Richard W. (designer)
Cummings Studios (studio)
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Loyola Marymount University, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library
Sacred Heart Chapel
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The Central window in the apse of the chapel features an image of Christ, as the universal King. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, thought of Christ as the ideal king whose cause was the care of all humanity and all of creation, who cared for his people to the point of giving his life for them. The figure of Christ is robed in the royal purple mantle of wisdom and justice, and also bears in His hands the rod or scepter of authority and the golden orb of sovereignty. His head is encircled by a golden crown, symbolic not only of royalty but of victory over death and the power of evil. He wears a golden stole crossed over His chest, symbolic of the priestly office of the Redeemer. Thus the figure presents Christ in the threefold office of Priest, Prophet, and King. Beneath the feet of the figure are the words ""King of Kings,"" and the monogram of """"the Christ"""" which is composed of the first two Greek letters of XPI?TO? (Christ.) Because the chapel was built before the merger with Marymount College, the coat of arms is that of Loyola University of Los Angeles. In the upper left quadrant of the shield is the Loyola coat of arms. Loyola is a contraction of the Spanish words for ""lobo"" (wolf), and ""olla"" (a pot or cauldron), because the Loyola family was said to have extended their generosity and hospitality even to the beasts of the wilderness. The coat of arms also contains seven diagonal stripes representing a royal award for valor given to seven men of the family of Oñaz of which St. Ignatius's mother was a member. In the upper right of the coat of arms is the insignia of the Society of Jesus, IHS (the first three Greek letters for the English word ""Jesus""). The heart pierced by an arrow represents Christ's love. The two symbols in combination signify the devotion of the Society of Jesus to Jesus Christ. In the lower left quadrant are the arms of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and in the lower right quadrant is a grizzly bear, from California's flag, signifying ferocity against all foes. An additional symbol is included: a star, the western star of hope, which according to legend guided pioneers to the shores of the Pacific. The crest is formed by the Great Seal of the United States: the eagle with a gold wreath and the stars of the original states. Below is a scroll with the Jesuit motto, ""Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam"" (""For the Greater Glory of God""). The inscription reads: ""Loyola University of Los Angeles;"" the foundation date is 1911. The school colors are crimson and gray. ""
Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University
Sacred Heart Chapel Stained Glass Windows

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