EcclesiasticalEmma Ward

'Hope' Stained Glass Window, Belfast

EcclesiasticalEmma Ward
'Hope' Stained Glass Window, Belfast

‘Rejoice in the hope of the glory of God’ (Romans 5:2).  The design is also inspired by Philip Andrew’s poem, ‘The Song of the Magi in Suffering and Hope’ (see attached). The design depicts Christ our Anchor and Hope. His voice calls us through the chaos of this broken world, ‘Peace be still’ (Mark 4:39)

The boat on turbulent seas represents the journey of life. Psalm 27:1 says, ‘the Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear’; therefore our path is illuminated and fears are overcome.

The suggestion of a rainbow sweeping across the design reminds us of Gods New Covenant of hope and promise (Genesis 4:11-16).

Hope flowers into relationship with God. A red rose at the top of the window is a symbol of perfection and thus of Gods glory.  A star reminds us that God said ‘I am the bright and morning star’ (Revelation 22:16).  The figure of a child looking ahead symbolises the possibility of a new hope for future generations. This new hope is suggested by the flame of the Holy Spirit moving over the waters.

It was the birth of a child that brought hope to the world and the possibility that if we humble ourselves as a child we may share in the Kingdom of God(Matthew 18).

In the scenes below a child in prayer and a figure with a lighted candle representing future hopes and dreams, while a mother and child remind us of Christ’s incarnation, children playing together are a refection of a hopeful future.  The colours of orange and yellow in this window reflect Christ as the Light of the World.

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