Sunday, 18 September 2011

St. Modan's Church

The War memorial window is at the West, chancel end of the church. It was made by Stephen Adam and Son, a long established Glasgow firm with windows in many other churches and houses. The window was installed and dedicated at the end of 1921 - remarkably quickly after the end of the war. This was helped by an initial donation of £100 from the Princess Louise.

As befits a war memorial window, the theme is "the glory of sacrifice" as the local newspaper puts it.

This window has a curious older feel about it than the Strachan windows. It seems more like the Maitland and Clayton and Bell compositions than early 20th century windows. There are a number of panels each with a scene or a separating plain panel of lambs or angels.

The central portion of the window is of the crucifixion of Christ.

One Angel weeps while the other takes away a cup - possibly of his blood, or representing the sponge of vinegar Jesus was offered during his ordeal. He is supported by two people - the one on the right with a remarkably clumsy hand.

At the same time the face depicts a serene, even tired Jesus. Perhaps this is the end of the ordeal.

The woman seems to pray quietly.

The holder of the Word or possibly a Jewish or Roman law book looks merely pensive. On further examination of the hand, it looks as though it was originally intended as the palm with the hand behind the back.

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