AMBULATORY - WINDOWS
This triple window behind the altar depicts the story of the Good Samaritan and is the oldest in the building. It came from the old St Anne's Church to which it was given in memory of Sir William Johnston, Mayor of Belfast in 1849 when Queen Victoria paid her only visit to the town.
This window was bowed to fit the curved chancel wall of the old church. It depicts two scenes: in the lower panel the Samaritan finds the victim of the attack (the broken sword suggests the fury of the resistance); in the upper panel the Samaritan delivers the victim to the innkeeper to be looked after. Scrolls carry quotations from the New Testament story (Luke 10). The side panels show the priest and the levite who would not help the robbed and injured man.
This window is a delightful work of art and immensely detailed to the extent that a webpage image certainly does not do it justice. Every small area of it is worthy of close examination. A small area showing the victim being picked up by the Samaritan is shown below.
The other five windows in the Ambulatory are also wonderfully detailed works of art depicting five of St Paul's Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5): Peace, Patience, Charity, Faith and Joy.
Peace was a memorial to the Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross and was unveiled at a service of dedication at St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast on Sunday 12th October 2008.
The window shows the risen Christ with the wounds of the cross on his hands and was designed by Bangor-based artist Ann Smyth.
Patience was a gift from the Prison Officers' Benevolent Fund. It was installed and dedicated 1996.
The many stars symbolise the patience of Abraham and God's promise to him: "I will bless you abundantly and greatly multiply your descendants until they are as numerous as the stars in the sky." (Genesis 22:17) Patience holds a medallion in which Job's wife urges him to curse God, while his three friends look on. Satan is seen on the far left blowing an ill wind and creating all Job's suffering. The dove at the top symbolises the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Charity was donated in memory of The Very Reverend Samuel Bennett Crooks, Dean of Belfast 1970-1985 who died 1986.
Charity is usually translated as love in modern versions of the New Testament. Love is suggested by the washing of the feet; the fish and loaves remind us of the love shown in the Feeding of the Five Thousand. The barrel used each year for the Christmas Sit-Out for Charities, begun by Dean Crooks, also features in the window. See Black Santa on this site.
Faith was donated in 1997 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Provincial Priory of East Ulster (Masonic Order).
The disciple Thomas had at first refused to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. Thomas said, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails and place my hand in his side, I will not believe”. (John 20: 24-25). Jesus, appearing to his disciples, invited Thomas to do just that. Jesus said, ''Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."
Joy brings together images of the persons of the Trinity: God the Father's hand of blessing, the risen Christ and the dove of the Holy Spirit. This window was donated in 1998 by Stanley and Noreen McIlroy in memory of their parents.