Southeast Texas church mosaic has nearly 1M pieces of glass

Feb 10, 2019 356

BY: Erica Apodaca

After years of planning and construction, St. Jude Thaddeus Church has revealed a colorful mosaic composed of almost 1 million minuscule pieces of glass from Italy. The Beaumont Enterprise reports the mural depicts the 12 apostles of the Catholic faith along with four North American born saints, St. Juan Diego, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Katharine Drexel and St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

In the center of the mural, a circle of light, symbolizing the tabernacle, frames a 9-foot statue of Jesus. "The decision to put a mosaic on that wall came as a way to get back to the original theme for the church over 40 years ago," Father Tom Phelan said. "That theme is completely built around Chapter 6 of John's Gospel 'The Bread of Life.'"

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