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St Helena’s Church, West Leake

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Design A

This top left-hand lancet contains an illustration of St. Christopher. His fame derives from the pious legend of him being a “Christ-bearer”. He was a powerfully built man who wandered the world in search of novelty and adventure. He came upon a hermit who lived beside a dangerous stream and served others by guiding them to safe places to cross. He gave Offero instruction in the truth of God. Offero took the hermit’s place, but instead of guiding travellers, he carried them safely across the stream. One day he carried a small child across the stream; the child’s weight nearly crushed him. When they arrived on the other side, the child revealed himself as Christ, and he was so heavy because he bore the weight of the world on himself. He then baptised Offero with water from the stream. Christopher’s service at the stream led to his patronage of things related to travel and travellers, people who carry things, etc. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.

Patronage
archers, automobile drivers, automobilists, bachelors, boatmen, bus drivers, cab drivers, floods, fruit dealers, fullers, hailstorms, holy death, lorry drivers, mariners, market carriers, motorists, porters, Rab Croatia, sailors, storms, sudden death, taxi drivers, toothache, transportation, transportation workers, travellers, truck drivers, truckers, watermen

Above St. Christopher is the Holy Ghost in the form of a Dove, and the background forms a subtle image of a tulip. Below the figure of St. Christopher is the symbol Chi Rho, a symbol of Christ. Of the several sacred monograms of Christ, the Chi Rho is one of the most ancient. It is generally formed of the Greek letters chi (X) and rho (P). These are the first letters of the Greek word “XPICTOC” (pronounced Christos), which means “Christ.” The monogram has been styled in a variety of imaginative ways over the centuries. Other symbols are sometimes added to the monogram to call to mind a particular attribute of our Lord.

Running throughout all four panels is an image of flowing water, referring to the story of St. Christopher who gave safe passage to Christ over water.The bottom of the design contains the first section of the inscription, together with an image of an aeroplane and a bus. The vertical background column of golden reds, rust browns and autumnal tones links the upper panels to the lower ones and helps to emphasis the colours of the earth.

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Design B

The top right-hand panel contains the distinct image of a plant in a selection of greens. There are a variety of images contained within the plant including, the church of St. Helena, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, Nottinghamshire Young Farmers Clubs, the Rotary Club and the Royal Agricultural Society of England.

Below is a circular motif containing a Welsh Mountain pony mare & foal, golden Labrador, sheep and a magpie bird. Bluebells are included as a reminder of the patron’s garden in Spring.

The flowing water image is carried through from the left hand panel into this panel. At the bottom of the panel the inscription continues from the left.The vertical background column of golden reds, rust browns and autumnal tones links the upper panels to the lower ones and helps to emphasis the colours of the earth.

Design C

The lower left hand panel contains an image of the Holy Communion cup with the waters of life flowing through it. Contained within the image of the cup are a variety of other images including the 19th century fountain and pond in Manor gardens, a Cedar of Lebanon tree, a Zelcova, an oak and a lime tree; Above the cup is an image of the hand of God blessing.

Below the communion cup is a circular motif containing an image of an Aberdeen Angus cow, a grey squirrel and Jack Russell terriers. Running along the bottom are yellow daffodils, with the inscription below that. The vertical background column of golden reds, rust browns and autumnal tones links the upper panels to the lower ones and helps to emphasis the colours of the earth.

Design D

The bottom right hand panel contains an image of the Cross with the Crown of Thorns above. Within the Cross is an image of the old stone font from the Church dated 1870, with surrounding white rambler roses. The flowing water image runs behind the cross.

Below the cross is a circular motif contains images of a fox, a hunting hound from Quorn, and a large hare. Snow drops are placed to the left and right of the circular image. The vertical background column of golden reds, rust browns and autumnal tones links the upper panels to the lower ones and helps to emphasis the colours of the earth.

The inscription comes to a conclusion in this panel.