The East Window in detail

Here are a few more details about the East Window:

The First Panel

St. Aidan leaving Iona

The Second Panel

The Venerable Bede

The Centre Panel

The central light shows Jesus Christ in all his glory, receiving his saints into Heaven, the ordinary people represented by childhood, youth, manhood and old age

The Fourth Panel

Caedmon reciting his poem to Abbess Hilda of Whitby

The Fifth Panel

St. Aidan again, preaching in Northumbria.

 Some time ago, those of us who meet at 8:00am for Morning Prayer started to read through Ezekiel. The book opens with the majestic vision of God on his throne surrounded by four cherubim and the ‘wheels within wheels full of eyes’
(Ezekiel 1:15-18).

One of our number commented that the great East Window depicted that vision in part, and so as we heard the reading we were able to look from the Tower Room at the window. It’s quite difficult to see from the ground, even when standing close to the window, but our photograph here shows one of the cherubim with a wheel full of eyes.

In the same window are depicted the four faces that were to be seen on each cherubim (Ezekiel 1:10) – man, lion, ox and eagle – see our close up photo.

We often spend a few moments talking about what we have read; this time we were able to look at an artist’s impression of part of it too! Maybe you also have discovered something in our windows – keep looking.

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