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Stained Glass - 04

Baptistery Windows with altar action

The Sacramental Windows

These windows were installed in the early 1950s to designs by Lawrence Lee.

The nine panels represent the sacraments, with three central windows dedicated to Baptism and the remaining six to the other sacraments: Confession, Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders and Holy Unction.

The windows are full of symbolism and detail. The following analysis highlights the symbols from each of the windows.

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Centre Panel - Baptism

 
The centre panel has three windows dedicated to the sacrament of Baptism.

When we are baptised, the priest uses holy water to wash away our sins, as did John the Baptist when he immersed Jesus in the River of Jordon.

Baptism is the first sacrament that we receive and it is when the Holy Spirit enters into our lives.

At the bottom of the design, you can see a circle representing the earth where the seed of faith is planted.

Blue wavy lines of baptismal water, probably representing the River of Jordan, flow across the bottom of every window.

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Middle Window

Baptism

The middle window shows a symbol of the Holy Spirit, a Dove, descending.

The sign of the cross is shown in the centre forming the Trinity: God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

The priest makes the sign of the Trinity over the baptismal candidate and baptises them "In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit."

The vertical green and blue wavy lines show the Grace of Christ coming from the cross.

A serpent, or snake, is shown weaving its way down the window and at the bottom we again have a seed in the ground representing growth.

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Centre Left Window

Death unto sin

The left and right-hand windows of the centre panel depict the themes from St Paul's letter to the Romans - Chapter 6 verse 10.

"Death unto sin" and "Life unto righteousness".

The inscription "INRI" represents Jesus's death on the cross and the moon indicates our death - the waning of life.

St Paul wrote: "The death he dies, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God."

Jesus died to wipe away our sins. He promises us eternal life once we die.

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The red and white banner is the Resurrection Banner. Behind this a large sun is depicted representing life.

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Centre Right Window

Life unto Righteousness

The right hand window of the middle panel shows us that through Jesus, God has given us eternal life. It is this life that we enter when we are baptised.

Life bursts from the seed at the bottom of the design.