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Above all stands the Dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit.


The Four Evangelists

St. Matthew – to trace our Lord’s human decent, stressed by St. Matthew, this light shows the Tree of Jesse, with Abraham, David, Solomon, Joram and Zadok.
Above – Jesus in Glory with our Lady and St. Joseph.
Below – the Nativity.

St. Matthew’s symbol is the Face of a Man.


St. Mark – he holds a cronier, as Bishop of Alexandria. The budding tree, butterflies and roses are symbolic of the Resurrection.

Below – the Risen Lord.

St. Mark’s symbol is a Lion.


St. Luke – he holds a pen. The thorn in the background is a reminder of the legend that Joseph of Arimathea planted his staff at Glastonbury, where it took root, flowering at Christmas.

Below – the Crucifixion.

St. Luke’s symbol is the Calf.

At the top of these two central lights, angels are distributing the Rivers of Salvation.


St. John – he holds his Gospel at the opening words ‘In principio erat Verbum’ (‘In the beginning was the Word’). The Vine illustrates chapter 15 Verse 5.

Above – the Chalice with a dragon, illustrating the legend that St. John drank from a poisoned without effect. Beneath – the Transfiguration.

St. John’s symbol is the Eagle.




Above – the arms of the See of Lincoln.

The name Clement was that of the Rev. C. Elsmere.

Spitalgate’s old hospital was St. Leonard’s.

St. Clement (Phillippians iv,3) wears a toga and white tunica with purple stripes, and carries a cronier as Bishop of Rome. The anchor reminds us of his death by drowning. The scene below recalls a legend that the Lamb guided him to a stream of living water.


St. Leonard, a French nobleman who became patron saint of prisoners, wears a dalmatic over the alb with the fleur-de-lye of France. Below, he is in prison, in Benedictine garb.

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