St Barbara's new stained glass window
The original commission for the window was from Dorothy Cope who chose a
picture of the boy Jesus teaching in the temple. Dorothy was a long-standing
member of the congregation and for many years headmistress at Earlsdon Primary
School. The costs of the project were met by bequests from Dorothy Cope and Gwen
Ball. Gwen was also a long-standing member of the congregation, and her sisters
Elsie and Esme were Sunday School teachers.
The central panel uses a palate of rich and pale blues, with the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. The centre of this panel stands out in amber and gold and shows the boy Jesus in the Temple with the Torah (sacred scrolls of the scriptures) and the seven branched candelabrum that illuminates the Torah. The right hand panel uses deep and pale reds, synonymous with the blood of the martyrs, celebrating the life and martyrdom of St Barbara. The tower in which St Barbara was imprisoned by her father is represented here together with three windows representing the Holy Trinity, put in at her insistence. St Barbara is patron saint of anyone who works at risk of sudden and violent death. This includes artillery gunners, hence the gun in this panel, together with miners, tunnellers, masons, stone cutters and others.
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