Stained Glass Window

2013-12-01

This colorful stained glass window in the Sunset Mausoleum depicts St. Secundus of the town of Asti, located in Piedmont Italy, and is a replica of the original window which is located in the San Secondo d'Asti Catholic Church in the village of Guasti, Ontario, California. St. Secundus was a citizen, patrician, and officer of Imperial Rome. He was persecuted for his faith when he dared to bury the body of the martyr St. Marcianus, the first bishop of Piedmont. (St. Marcianus is said to have been a decipe of St. Barnabus, the companion to the Apostle Paul). St. Secundus fled to Asti where he was arrested and tortured, and finally, beheaded. His martyrdom took place in Asti in the year of Our Lord 119. Roman Martyrology gives the date as March 29th. As is customary, saint's feasts are not celebrated during the Lenten Season, Holy Week, or Easter Week, hence the date of celebration was transferred to the first Tuesday of May. (There is a separate feast in Asti on June 1st for the translation of the relics of St. Secundus).
A correlation of note is that St. Secundus came from Piedmont (foothills of the Alps) and the village of Guasti is situated in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Guasti was founded by Secondo Guasti who came here from Asti, Italy, and planned that the California church be built as a replica of one in his hometown. Also of note, Asti is known throughout the world for its sparkling wine (Asti Spumante), and San Secondo d'Asti church was the original perish to the worker's (The Italian Vineyard Company) of what was once one of the world's largest vineyards.
The window depicts the saint in Roman military garb, wearing a cloak like the one contemptuously places on Jesus after His scourging. St. Secundus holds in one arm some miniature buildings representing the city of Asti. An angel presents him with the crown and palm of martyrdom. The whole scene, with St. Secundus's horse seeming to walk on water, may refe to some miracle in the saint's life.

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