Concordia University, Nebraska’s Center for Liturgical Art, Installs Stained Glass Window in Maryland

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“Darkness Broken,” a 9'x 9' panel, took more than a year to create and will be installed six stories off the ground on the top floor of the Lutheran Center in Baltimore.

Stained glass panel created by Concordia University, Nebraska's Center for Liturgical Arts

A nine-foot stained glass window, titled “Darkness Broken,” created by the Center for Liturgical Art at Concordia University, Nebraska will be installed at The Lutheran Center in Baltimore, Md.

The swirling universe shape reminds us of all of our brothers and sisters in Christ across the world.

“Darkness Broken,” a 9-by-9-foot stained glass window, is on its way to Baltimore from Seward, Neb. The Center for Liturgical Art at Concordia University, Nebraska has been at work for more than a year on the window, which will next be installed on the top floor of the Lutheran Center, six stories off the ground.

“Darkness Broken,” features a stylized cross made of stainless steel surrounded by a swirl of glass in brilliant yellows, oranges and purples. During the day, the glass will appear as solid color, but at night the piece will truly stand out, backlit by powerful LED lights.

The Lutheran Center is home to the headquarters of Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Services of America, and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

As Mark Anschutz, the managing artist for the CLA and designer of the window, conceptualized the design, he kept returning to the idea of God’s universe and the service-oriented mission of the organizations in the building. “God’s salvation shown through the cross reaches to everyone in creation. The swirling universe shape reminds us of all of our brothers and sisters in Christ across the world. The window celebrates the mission of these groups to extend the love of Christ across the universe.”

The title of the piece comes from the hymn “Christ, Our Human Likeness Sharing.” The second verse of the hymn reads:

“Hear the word that Christ has spoken,
Help the weak, the hungry feed;
See the pow’rs of darkness broken,
Sinners pardoned, captives freed:
Christ the Savior, Christ the Servant,
Help us meet our neighbor’s need.”

Anschutz states, “This verse speaks powerfully to the vital work these Lutheran ministries are doing in the U.S. and all over the world.”

The CLA is based on the campus of Concordia University, Nebraska. The CLA advocates for the presence of visual art in Christian communities. Through art fabrication, design consultation, outreach programs and involvement with Concordia students, the CLA proclaims the glory of God through the visual arts.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb. that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit

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