St John’s School Chapel Leatherhead, Surrey, UK -2009 The symbols of the sacraments and palm, with the eagle emblem of St John above, the symbol of the school.
From Isiah 40:31 – “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They
will soar on wings like eagles; they will not run and not grow weary, they will walk
and not be faint.”
The size is 6M x 6M to the apex, a large window spanning the whole area behind the
The new stained glass window is comprised of 37 sections of single-glazed leaded
panels. The design is executed in acided flashed antique glass and uses streaky
and single pot colour hand-made antique glass with kiln – fired traditional oxide
pigments and silver stain. The glass is leaded in the traditional manner using lead
calmes and sealed with leaded light cement.
The design depicts a central Golden Eagle which is soaring upwards and symbolises
St John the Evangelist and Apostle, because of his ‘lofty and soaring’ gospel. It
is also symbolic of the resurrection and ascension of Christ, and of baptised Christians
who have symbolically died and risen with Christ. The Eagle of St John is the school
The Eagle rises from the image of a palm frond, recalling Jesus’s Triumphant Entry
into Jerusalem before the Last Supper and Passion. Below are the symbols of that
feast and of the Eucharist, the wine and corn. The palm of victory and the Eagle
move up towards the Holy Spirit in the apex of the window, which is descending as
Stained Glass photo gallery of the new window at Saint John’s School Chapel
The new stained glass window complements the architectural context
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