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THE GREAT EAST WINDOW
The great window behind the altar was installed as part of the extensive renovations of 1880. It is in three parts, and, going from left to right, shows the birth of Jesus, his ascension and his resurrection (the empty tomb on Easter Day). Here set out for us is the beginning and the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry, and we are reminded that Jesus himself is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end (Revelation 21:6). It should not be surprising to see these themes in the sanctuary, dominating the altar, for they lie at the very heart of the Christian faith. In the middle section Jesus gestures towards heaven and towards earth with his pierced hands; he is going to his Father and yet he will be with us always. And so, even though we see him no more, yet may we still meet with him in the bread broken and the wine poured out.
These three miraculous events present not only a great proclamation of the Christian faith but also a challenge. As St Paul says, “the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)