I am always inspired by the joy to be experienced when looking to a Higher source and rising above the travails of life. 40 more words
York Minster is one of the largest gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe and is regularly listed as a top thing to do in York. I’ve visited the Minster numerous times during the time that I have lived here, and I’ve never failed to be impressed by its grandeur. 450 more words
As the the new window, designed by Helen Whittaker, is installed Canon Mark Soady reflects:
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Stained glass windows came in to being in Medieval times as a means of educating the largely illiterate public about the Good News of the Bible through visual images.
The new window by Helen Whittaker for Abergavenny is described, with some justification, as 'one of the greatest new works of church art in Wales since the Second World War' on the Church in Wales website. A crowned figure at York Minster dating to the mid-twelfth century is sometimes described as the earliest surviving painted panel of window glass in Britain, and probably came from a Jesse window. Other important medieval survivals include the later Jesse windows at York and Wells, as well as the most complete medieval window in Wales, at Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch, dating from 1533. But the subject is still returned to. The big east window of the Lady Chapel at Llandaff Cathedral also features the Tree of Jesse, and since it was made by Geoffrey Webb in 1951, it might also claim to be one of the most important commissions for church art in Wales. But in truth, there are plenty of others to choose from, such as Jacob Epstein's Majestas in Llandaff, and other outstanding windows on the same scale or of the highest quality, but they are just not so well known. The new window will be dedicated on 7 July by the Bishop of Monmouth.