Trustees of the Winston Memorial Fund today traveled to Yorkshire to see at first hand the work on the Jesse Window being undertaken at Barley Studios by Helen Whitaker and her Team.
Commenting after the visit Canon Mark Soady said:
I hope you will all be as bold over when you see the window as I was. Helen has done an amazing job in the way she is using the different colours and shades of glass. Of course the job of painting on the glass is yet to start, so it will look even better when finished .
At the centre of the window is the Christ child, he whose Crucifixion and Resurrection we will shortly celebrate, held by our Patron the Blessed Virgin Mary- she who needed to say yes so our Saviour could be born in order to die and rise again.
The tree window reminds us how God has always intervened in the world he created: to give Moses the law, to feed Ruth, through the Wisdom of Solomon and in our land through the calling of the Celtic Saints.
Helen Whittaker explains that central to the window is an understating of Christ as God and Man:
The dual aspects of Christ are explored through images and relationships connected with the five principal themes: Christ, Kingship,Prophecy,the Church and the Sacrament.
The window is rooted in its location in a Welsh Priory Church by the depiction of the life of seven Celtic saints: Gildas, Beuno, Winifred, Padarn, Non, Teilo and David.
Work in the studio will continue a pace until Mid-May with the installation of the window at St Mary’s expected sometime in June.