The most outstanding feature of the nave is the St. Mark window. In the shape of an elongated triangle with an inverted triangle beneath it, it rises to the ceiling and extends to nearly the floor. The larger-than-life figure of St. Mark, in the centre, holds a cross in his right hand and a representation of our church building in the crook of his left arm. At the very top of the window are very dark reds, blues and mauves. If we look closely, we see the eye of God which gives a sense of creation and the words of Genesis come to mind “in the beginning…darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
Below is the dove descending with radiance from his beak – from this radiance is a small darker line, indicating the movement of the Holy Spirit on life, that comes down behind St. Mark to nearly embrace him, then it becomes a pathway, then water. The water is very significant for St. Mark as though very young, he was most eager to go with St. Paul and St. Barnabas on their first mission around the Adriatic. The water is important, too, for the water of Baptism, as until the church was enlarged in 1999, the font was immediately in front of this window. At his feet is an etching of the original church building, and opposite is the coat of arms for the Diocese of Huron – the crossed swords of St. Paul (our cathedral church in London), the crown to signify victory and sovereignty, a beaver, such a familiar Canadian symbol, all in a banner which is crowned by a bishop’s mitre, to represent the cloven tongues of fire which lighted on the heads of the apostles at Pentecost.
The lower part of the window has a round bell showing St. Mark in Rome to record the gospel of St. Peter. To their left are the crossed swords of St. Paul who told us to “put on the armour of God” and who died by the sword. To their right, St. Barnabas is symbolized by three stones as he was stoned to death. Above, St. Peter’s symbol of the crossed keys recall his confession and our Lord’s gift to him of the “keys of the kingdom”. Beneath the bell is St. Mark’s winged creature with a lion’s face – the body in gold and the wings in red, as St. Mark’s gospel begins with “…the voice of one crying in the wilderness” and this suggests the roar of the lion.
This window was a gift from Pauline Sevier.
For the joy & inspiration of those who worship here