Christ with Mary of Bethany
from Scenes from the Gospels

  Christ with Mary of Bethany    from    Scenes from the Gospels

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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Three two-light windows. The first window depicts a standing figure of Christ in the left-hand light facing a woman in the right-hand light. Behind the woman is a tower and spire of a town. Upper quatrefoil depicts a saint with a palm and a star. The second window depicts John and kneeling figure of Peter with shepherd's staff in the left-hand light opposite Christ holding keys with sheep. Upper quatrefoil with Agnus Dei. The third window depicts Mary kneeling with standing figure of Christ teaching. Upper quatrefoil with Cecilia playing an organ.

technique: stained glass

firm/studio: Joseph Bell & Son

Church of the Holy Trinity, Aberaeron, Ceredigion
north wall of the chancel

Text: 'Mary hath chosen that good part' (Luke 10:42).

The depiction of Mary, listening to Christ's teaching in the house of Mary and Martha at Bethany (from Luke 10), is unlike the other standing figure depicted in profile as Christ declares himself as the 'resurrection and the life' from Christ's encounter with Martha in John 11:25. In this scene, the standing female figure accords more with the conventional depiction of Mary Magdalene, with long flowing hair. The set of windows is therefore slightly unusual in that the two biblical characters of Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany in Luke's gospel are not conflated.


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Further reading

Thomas Lloyd, Julian Orbach and Robert Scourfield, The Buildings of Wales: Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion (London: Yale University Press, 2006), p. 393.

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  Christ with Mary of Bethany    from    Scenes from the Gospels

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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