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Chancel, looking East

East Window High Altar St Barnabas St Paul St Peter St Mark

The glorious East Window (which dates from 1938) shows Jesus giving his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5–7) to a small but attentive audience.

In the lower part of the window is a quotation from the sermon:
“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Below the window is the High Altar. It consists of a wooden table which is covered by a cloth of the seasonal colour, shown here in the green used for ordinary time. On it is a brass cross flanked by two brass candlesticks. It is a key part of the building because here bread and wine are consecrated by the priest to feed the spiritual life of the faithful.

Behind the altar is a picture of angels with another scripture quotation “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts” (based on Isaiah 6:3).

In front of the altar are the communion rails, where worshippers can kneel to receive the sanctified bread and wine during a communion service. The area beyond the rails is called the Sanctuary, and it is surrounded by wooden panelling in which are set statues of four saints:

St Barnabas, carrying a staff and a Bible, because he was a travelling missionary;

St Paul, who at first violently persecuted the church but became an influential Christian, carrying a sword and a Bible;

St Peter, carrying a key because Jesus said "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18)

St Mark, carrying a book to signify that he wrote one of the four Gospels (Mark’s Gospel).

They all look weary!