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  As you enter the Cathedral through the main doors there is a large wooden carved statue of St. Agnes, virgin and martyr in the vestibule between the two sets of main doors. St. Agnes is depicted holding a lamb and palm branch, symbolic of her virginity and martyrdom.  This statue once occupied a fifteen foot niche high up in the sanctuary wall behind the main altar. An archway to the left leads into the tower vestibule.  From here a tiled stairway leads to the choir loft twenty one feet above the church floor level.  The stairway is enriched by a beautiful stained glass window representing St. Cecilia, patroness of church music.

Above the statue is a special rose window, called a titular window, originally from the marble church, depicting in rich colors the life and martyrdom of St. Agnes.  A titular window portrays the life of the patron or patroness of a particular church.  Above the stone space between the doors, with the radiance of stained glass as a background, is a small deftly carved stone statue of the Christ Child, the Light of the World, with His hand raised in benediction.  At the foot of the statue is the baptismal font from the marble church which now serves as the central holy water font for those entering the Cathedral.

The entire space opposite the entrance of the main vestibule is taken up with a lofty screen of richly molded oak tracery, through the glass of which can be obtained glimpses of the sixty eight foot ceiling of the nave.  Below the tracery five pairs of paneled oak doors lead to the nave of the inspiring edifice.
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