Saint Mary's Church, Waterloo Park

MotherAndChild

(3 main windows continued...)

DetailOfTheTransfigurationWindow

4. Detail of the Transfiguration window in the South transept.

These three large windows we are describing depict Christ in Majesty as a central figure. The East window is the busiest of the three. So much is literally going on inside that window that every time we look at the composition we can find something new. On my last visit to St. Mary's I happened to see two elements I had never been aware of: the sun and the moon. Our eyes are drawn to Christ and then to all the different donors that surround the Lord, namely, saints, bishops, kings, shepherds, angels. It is not surprising that one can miss all the other elements that are hidden, which confirms my impression that we are in front of a creation influenced by modern art, and I would dare say Cubism. When we come across a Cubist painting, at first we are unable to see much, but a closer inspection will suddenly reveal all sorts of different objects we had not been aware of at first. So perhaps the artist who created this large window wanted to challenge us, to make us pay attention to his work of art and, once we had found all the clues, the message was clear: God is the creator of all things, both the ones we can see and the ones we cannot see. And if you do not mind, once you have read this article, would you be able to stand in front of that East window and find a fish, a rainbow and two hands holding flames?

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