Stained Glass – Resurrection Chapel

This East Window was erected in 1955 to a design by Lawrence Lee.

The original window (which was lost in the 2nd World War) has this inscription:

“The above East Window was erected in memory of Col. Charles Wetherall K.C.T. of the 13th Dragoons. Born 23rd July 1795. Died 2nd October, 1868 “

The outer windows depict scenes of Peter with the following biblical references:

And now behold loose thee this day from the chains”  [Jeremiah 40:4]
Thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God” [Acts 10:31]
Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Feed my sheep” [John 21:16]
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live” [Galatians 2:20]

The centre panel shows Christ in Glory with the Book of Seven Seals from John the Divine’s Book of Revelation on his knee under his left hand.

To Christ’s left is St Peter holding an image of St Peter’s Church.

The arms and symbols below the figures are as follows;

The arms of the Diocese of Southwark; Lillies (for our Lady); Seraphim; the Crossed Keys (for St Peter); the arms of the Diocese of Rochester.  The church was in the Diocese of Rochester before the Diocese of Southwark was formed in 1907.

The Book of Seven Seals
Lillies (for Our Lady)
St Peter holds our Church
Crossed Keys of St Peter
Snaking around the lower section of the window is the Latin text:
si dormiatis inter medios cleros pinnae columbae deargentatae et posteriora dorsi eius in pallore auri

This text is taken from Psalm 68 (verse 13). In English (from the Book of Common Prayer):

Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove: that is covered with silver wings, and her feathers like gold.

Though ye have lien among the pots: Referring to the Israelites lying among the pots. like lowly servants who would have slept in the kitchen among the pots and hearthstones.

yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove: that is covered with silver wings: Referring to the Holy Spirit (the dove) and the silver wings indicating the offer of redemption for our sins.

and her feathers like gold: Gold being an indication of God.

In the central panel beneath the figure of Christ we see a large image of this dove from Psalm 68.  With silver wings, a golden breast and wearing a golden crown.  A representation of our church with its promise of eternal life through God’s grace.

At the bottom of the window are ruined buildings – representing the destruction of the Second World War.