Melbourne, Cathedral Church of St Paul

e1. Chancel east

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Date of manufacture and insertion
Maker
Clayton & Bell
Main subject
Christ ascends into heaven; apostles beneath. In the predellas below are events after the Resurrection leading up to the Ascension:
1a. The angel addresses the holy women at the empty tomb
1b. Noli me tangere
1c. Supper at Emmaus: Christ is made known in the breaking of the bread
1d. Thomas reaches out to touch the wound in Christ’s side
1e. Christ at the Sea of Galilee (post-Resurrection), orders the Apostles to cast their net to the right-hand side of the boat
Tracery subject
A1. IHS and ΧΡϲ symbols
B1. Dove of the Holy Spirit
A2. Chi-rho (☧) symbol
Subject type
Figurative historical
Donor
Anna Maria Henty, wife of dedicatee
Dedicatee
Edward Henty, died
Notes
  1. Death of dedicatee, The Argus, p 7.

No man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven (John 3:13).

The Ascension window.

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2a. Three apostles watch the Ascension, with angels in the background.

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2a detail. A kneeling apostle watches the Ascension.

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2b. Two apostles watch the Ascension, with angels in the background.

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2c detail. Christ ascends to heaven. At his side are angels holding a scroll on which is written Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing [up into heaven]? (Acts 1:11). Below Christ is another angel holding a scroll on which is written Thou hast ascended on high (Psalms 68:18).

In the borders towards the bottom of the light are the Old-Testament prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel, and in the borders towards the top of the light are the four evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

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2c detail. Christ ascends to heaven. His hands are outstretched, showing the stigmata or wounds from the Crucifixion.

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2d. A kneeling apostle watches the Ascension.

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2e. Two apostles watch the Ascension, with angels in the background.

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2e detail. An apostle watches the Ascension.

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He is risen; he is not here (based on Matthew 28:6).

1a. The angel addresses the Blessed Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene at the empty tomb.

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1b. Christ appears to Mary Magdalene in the garden.

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1c. The supper at Emmaus: Christ is made known in the breaking of the bread. In the left-hand border is the prophet Ezekiel, holding a banner on which is written The word of the Lord (Ezekiel 1:3). In the right-hand border is the prophet Daniel, holding a banner on which is written Mene, mene, tekel, [upharsin], the writing on the wall at Belshazzar’s feast (Daniel 5:25).

Photograph copyright © Dorothea Rowse.

1d. Thomas reaches out to touch the wound in Christ’s side.

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1e. Christ appears to Peter and John at the Sea of Galilee

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