Stained Glass of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Penang.

Being inside the Roman Catholic Church has always given me a great sense of serenity not found anywhere else. It is in there that I can discover inner peace. The stained glass panels and the Stations of the Cross on the walls are truly beautiful works of art. Until now, I am still awed every time I enter a church. The depictions of Jesus in various stages of His life instilled in me an inexplicable feeling of wonderment. There is this overwhelming awareness of being in the presence of a Greater Force. I know for certain that I can always find my peace there.

Entrance to the Cathedral.

The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit recently installed four stained glass panels in addition to two existing ones which are the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Madonna and Child. The new panels each depict one of the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. The splendours of these panels have to be seen to be fully appreciated.

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19 thoughts on “Stained Glass of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit”

  1. Lilian,
    You are welcome but you get to see those beautiful stained glass panels every time you go to church.

  2. Hi Peter

    I am also a Roman Catholic. It has been ages since I last stepped into my church, Cathedral of The Sacred Heart. The next time I attend mass, I will make sure I put an extra effort to observe the beautiful interior of my church.


  3. Teresa,
    That is the intrinsic charms of a lot of RC churches. Each piece of those stained glass panels tells a story.

    That was a beautiful morning. It was taken at around 1130am when multiple tsunamis were bashing the coasts of many South Asian countries. I cannot reconcile the fact that while I was experiencing serenity, hundreds of thousands were fighting for their lives in the most horrifying situations. Maybe the angels were hurrying to save them.

    If I am not mistaken, the stained glass were crafted in Singapore. The subtle colouring of the glass was very well done.

  4. Pretty. I used to design and make stained glass panels, but it’s the overlay type. The traditional ones are still better looking.

  5. lovely indeed. though i goes to the cathedral once in a long while, i haven’t really notice them. i must remember to bring a canadian friend of mine who is interested in church’s stained glass windows there when she’s here.

    btw, the cathedral will be celebrating its 2nd anniversary soon – 20th jan. with a mass at 8.00pm, right?

  6. Gette,
    What is the difference?

    Church stained glass panels always have that ethereal ambience to them.

    The Balik Pulau church have some very old stained glass but because they are so high up, there is a problem taking them. 2nd anniversary for what celebration?

    OK. I am looking forward to that.

  7. Thanks for the pictures of the Cathedral. Have always wondered what it looked like as I have heared lots about it. Cheers.

  8. What time is mass on good friday and on Sunday? Do you know the phone number of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit? I just came home from abroad and am most impressed with the photos you took Peter.
    Thanks for your help.

  9. Jenny,
    Thank you. Here are the Mass times on Good Friday and Easter Sunday as in the Church Bulletin.

    Good Friday:
    10.00am Way of the Cross (English)
    5.30pm Way of the Cross (English, Tamil)
    6.00pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion (English, Tamil)
    7.30pm Way of the Cross (English, Chinese)
    8.00pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion (English, Chinese)

    Easter Sunday:
    8.00am Mass of the Resurrection (Chinese)
    10.00am Mass of the Resurrection (English)
    5.30pm Mass of the Resurrection (Tamil)

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