STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

The church has five stained glass windows.

The Marriage at Cana

The Marriage at Cana, 1920 (Edward Woore with additions by J. Ballantine, 1929)

This window is a memorial to Grace Mary Walter (1890-1918), wife of Robert Laing Robertson; given by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Waller. The subject of the window is the story of Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana (John 2.1f). The central panel shows Jesus transforming the water. His mother is on the right watching a jar being filled. The bride and bridegroom are on the left. The angel at the apex of the central light looks out, holding a scroll. The angels at either side are playing instruments. Ballantine added the tracery above, complementing the music-making with eight more cherubs. Two join in with their prayers. At the foot of the window is a panel showing Jesus welcoming and blessing children.

The Sorrowful Mysteries

The Sorrowful Mysteries, 1934 (Herbert Hendrie)

The two central panels of this window illustrate the crucifixion of Jesus. The power of the Roman Empire - SPQR (Roman Senate and People) is set against the ironic statement which later became a declaration of Christian faith INRI (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews). Scenes from the last days of Jesus's life surround these panels. First, the Entry into Jerusalem (celebrated in church on Palm Sunday). Then at the top left Jesus is seen praying in Gethsemane (remembered on the evening of Maundy Thursday). Other events of Good Friday are depicted. Below is the scourging of Jesus after his trial. At the top right, Jesus is crowned with thorns. Underneath, he is seen staggering below the weight of the cross. This window was a gift from Miss Janet Watson in memory of her parents Archibald and Anna Watson.

The Nativity

The Nativity (Karl Parsons)

The artist, in this depiction of one of the 'Joyful Mysteries', said that he wanted to convey a sense of 'deep hush'. In the centre, the sleeping Jesus is watched by his kneeling mother, her reverie reflected by the angels standing there. The images of 'A Garden Enclosed' and the City of David may be interpreted in several ways. The span of Biblical Creation is encompassed by the Garden of Eden and the City in the Revelation to St. John. Four scenes from the Nativity stories in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke complete the window. From Matthew there is the dream of Joseph (bottom left) and the escape to Egypt (top right). From Luke there is the visit of Mary to Elizabeth (top left). Then you see the meeting in the Temple when Simeon recognises Jesus as Messiah (bottom right).

Deliverance through sacrifice

Endurance Through Sacrifice, 1919 (Edward Woore)

This window, a gift from Mrs. Percy Watson, is 'a mother's thanksgiving for the safe return from the Great War of her three sons Percy, John and Robert.' The left panel depicts the 'sacrifice' of Isaac by his father Abraham (Genesis 22 and perhaps Wilfred Owen's poem 'The Parable of the Old Men and the Young). In the centre Jesus takes up his cross. Above is the 'Agnus Dei', the Lamb of God, a reference to the Passover sacrifice - linking Jesus and the ram in the story of Isaac. In the tracery above are emblems of Jesus's crucifixion: the crown of thorns, nails, spear, cloak. The right panel shows the Israelites crossing the Red Sea during the Exodus (Ex 14), with the Egyptians in pursuit. God promised that he would guide the Israelites in their wanderings by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Ex 13). These may be seen above.

St Kentigern

Saint Kentigern, 1921 (J. C. Bewsey)

Kentigern, also known as Mungo (died c. 612), was a bishop and evangelist, venerated as a founder of the Church in Strathclyde. He is the patron saint of the city and diocese of Glasgow. This window, tucked away in the Memorial Chapel was paid for by the congregation of St Bride's. It was installed to commemorate the appointment of the then Rector, the Revd Edward Reid, as Dean of Glasgow. By the time the window was completed, Edward Reid had been elected and consecrated Bishop of this diocese.