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Lady Chapel 2008

Lady Chapel - St Mary the Virgin Windows

There are eight windows dedicated to the Virgin Mary over the altar of the Lady Chapel.

The inscription reads:

To the Greater Glory of God in honour
of St Mary the Virgin
These Sanctuary windows were dedicated
in October 1906.

1. & 2. By Clara Elizabeth Smith
in memory of her Parents Sarah Ann
Kirby, died Sept 18.1899 and Rayment Kirby,
died May 26 1906 RIP

3. & 4. In memory of Herbert Irons Chope,
died Jan 17 1906 RIP

5. Out of devotion to St Mary.

6. In memory of Thomas Jervis, died June 2 1906 RIP

7. & 8. By Ethel Taylor as a thankoffering
for spiritual blessings received

Windows - Lady Chapel  Windows 3 and 4 250
Windows - Lady Chapel Windows 1 and 2 250

These first two windows (left) bear words which are the taken from the opening verse of a hymn by Venantius Fortunatus (530-609) (Quem terra, pontus, aethera)....

Window 1
The God whom earth and sea and sky
Adore and Laud and Magnify

Window 2
Who governs all the threefold frame
To birth as child of Mary came

The parchment latin text in window 2 reads:
“Ecce, virgo concipiet et pariet filium”
"Behold a virgin shall conceive and shall bear a son.” Isaiah 7:14

For the remaining windows, words in the same meter are used:

Window 3
Beneath th’ o’er shadowing of grace,
A maiden lent a dwelling place

Window 4
To that dread Lord, whom night and day
The sun and moon shall all obey.

Windows - Lady Chapel Windows 7 and 8 250

Windows 5 and 6 (left)

Window 5
All that was lost by woful (sic) Eve
Thy beauteous Offspring did retrieve

Window 6
That mourners might regain the height
Heav’n made of thee its window bright

Windows 7 and 8 (right)

Window 7
Thou wast the great king’s entrance door
Light’s gate, through which the sunbeams pour;

Window 8
Ye ransom’d nations, hail with [mirth]
Life through the Virgin brought to earth.

[The word 'mirth' is unclear]