Saint Mary's Church, Waterloo Park


The narthex.

As we enter our beloved church, we cannot miss the little treasure that will greet us and give us a clue of the beauties that await us once we have passed the narthex. This is a memorial window created "To the Glory of God in memory of those who fell and in gratitude to all who served in the Great War 1914-1919". We are welcomed by seven figures, five adults and two children. I was puzzled by the fact that, while I could recognise Christ in the central lancet surrounded by St. Philip, St. John the Baptist and St. Peter, I had never heard of Naaman, who appears in the last lancet. Thanks to my good friend Ray I learned that Naaman was a highly regarded commander of the army of the king or Aram, and since this window is supposed to be a homage to those who served in the Great War, having chosen a brave commander seemed the perfect thing to do. Apart from the figures themselves, one cannot help but admire the beauty of the plinths upon which they stand.

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