Angel of Peace

  Angel of Peace

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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1930

Single-light window.

technique: stained glass
size: 61 cm (width)
Designer: A. E. Child

Church of Emmanuel, Buckley, Flintshire
north wall

Texts: 'The Lord of peace give you peace always' (2 Thessalonians 3:16); 'The Lord will bless his people with peace' (Psalm 29:11).

Dedication: 'To the glory of God and in memory of John and Jane Jones who died Dec. 1927 and Sept. 1917. Given by their son.'


The angel carries a palm branch, traditionally the symbol of victory, and in Christian iconography the martyr's triumph over death. He also holds a laurel wreath, symbolizing triumph and eternity. Paul contrasts the laurel wreath, reward of the victor in ancient contests, with the imperishable wreath with which the victorious Christian is crowned, in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. The fact that laurel does not wilt or fade was the reason for the original choice.



 

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References

Edward Hubbard, The Buildings of Wales: Clwyd (Harmondsworth/Cardiff: Penguin/University of Wales Press, 1986), p. 333.

Joyce Little, Stained Glass Marks and Monograms (London: National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies, 2002), p. 26.

Nicola Gordon Bowe, 'Interpreting the Bible through Painted Glass: The Harry Clarke Studios and Wilhelmina Geddes (1887-1955)' in Biblical Art from Wales (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010), p. 207.




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