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Friday 1 May 2020

Happy Feast of St Joseph

IMG_5128Happy Feast of St Joseph the Worker, especially to St Joseph's parishioners for whom May 1st is the Patronal Feast. Fr Daniel said Mass in St Joseph's today.

One of the (few) benefits of the present restrictions is that we look more closely at our immediate surroundings. Today I had a good look at St Joseph's window in St Wilfrid's that I normally rush past in a hurry.

The inscription invites us to prays for "the souls once of this city" so I have been doing that today.

The glass also has some lovely details. St Joseph - the worker - is planing away.IMG_5127Meanwhile the young man Jesus has made himself a cross - using what I think from my long distant woodwork classes is a lap joint. Meanwhile, in the background, Our Lady is reading, pondering these things in her heart and maybe starting to see just what that sword would be that would pierce her heart.IMG_5128-1There seems to me to be a conscious effort on the part of the stained glass artist to catch something of the flavour of the thirteenth century glass in the Minster.

On the subject of stained glass, York Minster has posted a complete image of the restored Great East Window, with its imagery of the Apocalypse. You can examine it  in great detail and it's well worth a look.

With an assurance of prayers for York souls living and dead,

Fr Richard