Four Welsh Saints
Yesterday saw the successful installation of four new windows for St Benedict’s Church in Clydach, Swansea. The windows were commissioned on the theme of four Welsh Saints:
St Non, Dewi Sant (St David), St Gwenffrewi (St Winifred) and St Telio
I designed some windows for this church 10 years ago, the Windows of Compassion series, and it’s a privilegeto be asked to make another contribution to the building.
Each window uses symbols of its Saint: the planting and patronage of fruit trees by St Teilo and his riding of a stag to claim land; the plan of the Holy Well of St Gwenffrewi with symbols of her matyrdom, the stone arch of St Non’s Well in Pembrokeshire containing her Cross and the lightning that, legend has it, raged during the storm into which St David/Dewi Sant was born.Finally, St David’s window contains his classic symbol, the leek, as well as the mound that ‘arose’ to facilitate his preaching and a representation of St David’s Cathedral, site of extensive pilgrimmage.