BAPTISTRY - WINDOWS


The baptistry has three windows showing Moses, John the Baptist and Jesus, and Patrick at Tara.

 

 

 

 

The subject of this (left hand) window is Moses leading the Children of Israel across the Red Sea. They "go on dry ground through the midst of the sea." At the base of the window is a Font with a guardian angel standing by, and the inscription is "Baptised unto Moses in the Cloud and in the Sea."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The main scene from this (central) window is a representation of Christ's Baptism in Jordan, and the descending of the Holy Ghost upon Him. Near the base of this is the Ark - "the Ark of Christ's Church" to which in the Baptismal service we pray the Child may be received, and "so pass the waves of this troublesome world." Underneath are the words "This is My Beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The main scene from the right-hand window, with its ornamentation of Shamrocks, portrays "St Patrick baptising at Tara, Easter 433." Inscribed is the text "Go ye therefore and make disciples of all the nations." At the base is a Fountain, source of the water sanctified "to the mystical washing away of sin" and proclaiming that

".... the pure spirit shall flow
Back to the burning fountain whence it came,
A portion of the Eternal." (Shelley)

Patrick helps found a new church in Ireland. Tradition has it that the saint is buried at Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, a few miles from the Hill of Saul where it is said he first preached the gospel in Ireland.

 

 

 

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