The Light of the World with Faith and St John

  The Light of the World with Faith and St John

Photo © Martin Crampin

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Three-light window. Christ holds a lantern while knocking at a door, a close copy of William Holman Hunt's Light of the World, in the central light, flanked by the figure of Faith, and John, who holds a book and the chalice with a serpent.

technique: stained glass

Church of St Mary, Nercwys, Flintshire
south wall of the nave

The window is alone in the church in that it does not seem to be the work of Burlison and Grylls, who may be identified as the makers of all of the remaining pictorial windows, excluding the medieval glass that they incorporated into the east window.

Texts: 'Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen' (Hebrews 11:1, beneath the figure of Faith); 'And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding' (Philippians 4:7, beneath the figure of St John).

Given in memory of various members of the Lloyd family in 1909.

The titles 'Faith' and 'Love' over the left-hand and central lights is rather unexpectedly followed by 'S. John' in the right-hand light, where often the third virtue of Hope might have normally been included. The use of the person of Christ as illustrative of the virtue of Love is found in other windows of the period.


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