Left Window - Confirmation
Confirmation marks the point in our Christian journey when participation in the life of God’s people, started at baptism, is confirmed by the bishop by the laying on of hands. Those who are baptised affirm for themselves the faith into which they have been baptised and their intention to live a life of responsible and committed discipleship.
Through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop, the Church also asks God to give the candidate power through the Holy Spirit to enable them to live in this way.
The Holy Spirit is represented by the fiery red diamond and the blue cross signifies holiness.
The hand of the Bishop is placed with the hand of the Confirmation candidate on a copy of the Nicene Creed.
Centre Window -
Christians who are baptized and confirmed may receive Holy Communion. Holy Communion is a commemoration of the last supper of Jesus when he said eat this bread and drink this cup in remembrance of me. The bread represents Christ's body and the wine his blood.
The window shows a chalice (or cup) with a priests hand joined with Christ's hand.
Surrounding the image is an oval aureole - a device used to represent the presence of Christ.
A communion wafer, representing the body of Christ, is shown behind a sign of the cross.
The hands of the sinner are shown receiving forgiveness flowing from the Cross.
Right Window -
Before taking Holy Communion we seek God's forgiveness for our sins through a confession. This may be by visiting a priest to declare our sins and seek absolution (God's forgiveness), or during the service of Holy Communion the entire congregation seek God's forgiveness by saying:
"I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault in my thoughts and in my words, and in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do; and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin, and all the angels and saints, and you my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God."
The cross is shown on a background of 'evergreen' representing life.
Jesus died on the cross to wipe away our sins - to give us the chance of eternal life.
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The Nicene Creed represents faith.