A Lancet window to the Chancel of St Colman’s Church, Cosham, Hampshire 2250 x 460 mm
Installed in April 2011.
Honouring ‘The Little Flower’ Saint Therese of Lisieux and a tribute to the Daley School and Daley family, to whom St. Therese was especially loved.
St Therese of Lisieux Window
Against a background of shaded tones of cobalt blue St Therese stands holding a wooden Crucifix, and as she promised to do before her death, she lets fall a shower of roses from her arms as tokens of her love.
Above her red rose nimbus are the simple possessions that furnished her cell in the Carmelite convent. Upon her desk are her writing pen and candle lantern and hourglass, with her own handwriting from her book of her spiritual journey, ‘The Little Way’, and through which so many thousands came to know and love her.
The ‘Little Flower’
The gold pink glass set in a rich purple border below her feet is of her as a child of eight years, indeed the ‘Little Flower’ and surrounded by roses and her words “To offer The Lord the flowers of little sacrifices”. Her ambition to become a Carmelite nun began in her childhood, and she was only 16 years of age when finally allowed to enter the Carmel. Her simple message of personal dedication and devotion is how she is remembered with such affection today.
Daley Family Memorial and the Daley School
Beneath her feet the tribute to the Daley family and Daley School is marked by an image of the Portsmouth Guildhall in ruins after a night time blitz, fires blazing across the city and searchlights piercing the smoke and darkness. Lady Daley (and Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth during WW2) leads four boys out of the ruins, and the accompanying text is taken from her notebook compiled to record the many families and individuals that she was able to help in some way. St Therese of Lisieux was particularly venerated by all of the Daley family, and must have given great hope and inspiration to those many friends and staff of the school who tried to help the war victims in whatever ‘little way’ they could. The Daley School kept going through the war, finding themselves evacuated to St Ives in Cornwall for two years in 1941, and the ‘Little Flower’ statue of St Therese of Lisieux given by the Daley School is still kept in the church there.
The Daley Family dictum ‘Through Fire to Victory’ faces the school badge and motto ‘Viva ut Postea Vivas’ (‘live in such a way that you might live hereafter’).