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St Mary's Church
Felmersham, Bedfordshire
 
Millennium Window
 

More on the Millennium Year
For details on earlier Victorian and Medieval stained glass see
Felmersham - The History of a Riverside Parish

The Parochial Church Council has commemorated the millennium by replacing the existing window in the Memorial Chapel with an exciting modern stained glass design shown below. The cost of the new window was 5110 + VAT and the money was raised by the generous support of the parishioners of Felmersham and Radwell. It was installed in June 2001.

With the exception of the millennium window and the chancel east window, all the other windows in the church are of tinted glass which replaced earlier stained glass in 1951.

For details on earlier Victorian and Medieval stained glass see: Felmersham - The History of a Riverside Parish
 


 
The millennium window with the early morning sun reflecting on the wall.
 


 
The memorial chapel showing the
millennium east window.

 

Description of the Millennium Window

The central theme of the design is the Transfiguration* of Christ and this is symbolised as a burst of light in the centre of the window with rays of light in the form of a cross extending across the whole of the window.

The topmost area, in shades of blue, represents the universe with the Plough constellation, the moon and clusters of distant stars. Below the central burst of light are leaf and field shapes in shades of green to indicate the local rural landscape. At the base of the window conflict and war are symbolised by using strong rust and crimson colours, and spiky thorn shapes, an appropriate reminder that the chapel is used as a memorial chapel to the fallen in the two world wars.

Swirling shapes encompass the window and are predominantly turquoise in colour and could be considered to represent the River Ouse, although they are included for their abstract effect, adding movement and life to the design. The design also incorporates the millennium date.

* "After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them."

As with many modern works of art the meaning of the window is open to interpretation. Other suggestions have been made:
 

Creation - As described in Genesis. "And God said let there be .........."
 
The Passion - "Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven....."
 
Life's Journey - Man's progress through this world, to that which is to come.

The millennium window

 
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