An Angel Presenting a Fallen Soldier to the Risen Christ

  An Angel Presenting a Fallen Soldier to the Risen Christ

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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Two-light window. The risen Christ carrying the cross, blesses a soldier presented by an angel.

technique: stained glass

Designer: Mary Lowndes

Church of St Mary, Spittal, Pembrokeshire
east wall of the chancel

Text: Greater Love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.

Memorial to Archibald Bellairs Higgon, Major, Royal Field Artillery, killed in action near No.3 Post, Anzac, Gallipoli, 9 September 1915, and buried there in the New Zealand officers' cemetery. The Higgon family had been domiciled at Scolton Manor in the parish for over 200 years. The composition seems to be a sustained meditation on Charles Wesley's hymn 'Let saints on earth in concert sing', as there are references to almost every verse in the depiction. Note also the Eucharistic imagery - pelican in her piety; chalice and host; and references to the resurrection - lamb and flag; rising sun behind the soldier (portrait of Major Higgon).



 

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Further reading

Martin Crampin, Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2014), p. 201.

Martin Crampin and John Morgan-Guy, Imaging the Bible in Wales (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010), The Victory of Good Over Evil: A Crown of Life.

References

Thomas Lloyd, Julian Orbach and Robert Scourfield, The Buildings of Wales: Pembrokeshire (New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 2004), p. 456-7.

Painton Cowen, A Guide to Stained Glass in Britain (London: Michael Joseph, 1985), p. 223.




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Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales


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