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Stained Glass - 08

Windows - Lady Chapel South 1 full 429

Lady Chapel - St. John the Divine and Zechariah

Right-hand window: From Zechariah

This window depicts children playing with the inscription: And the streets in the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.

Zechariah 8:4-5
Thus says the Lord of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand for very age. And the streets in the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.

This extract from the Old Testament book of Zechariah refers to the restoration of Jerusalem and figuratively the restoration of the Jewish people.

Left-hand window: St John the Divine

He is shown with an inscription: I was in the Spirit

This inscription appears twice in the book of Revelation written by St John when he was exiled to the Island of Patmos in the period AD 95 to 97.

Revelation 1: 9-11
I John, your brother, who share with you in Jesus the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyraira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.

Revelation 4: 1-3
After this I looked, and lo, in heaven and open door! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up hither, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and lo, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne! And he who sat there looked like jasper and carnelian, and round the throne was a rainbow that looked like an emerald.

Lady Chapel South 1 Detail - Head shot with Chalic

John is shown with an eagle - representing the soaring majesty of his gospel. There is also a chalice with a dragon climbing out of it. This refers to the cup of sorrow foretold by Jesus, and to the legend of St John drinking poison.

The green land masses behind St john are the Island of Patmos.

There is no plaque on this window, but it is possible that both of the windows in the nave of the Lady Chapel are associated with the dedication to 'loved parents'. This window is the largest window in St Peter's to have survived unscathed by the bomb blasts of the second world war.

The Lady Chapel was erected in the first decade of the 20th century. It is probable that the windows also date to that period.