Resurrection Chapel Stained Glass
Like the North Aisle windows, the windows in the Resurrection Chapel were executed by Burlison and Grylls. These were completed at different times. The earliest was the window nearest the Altar, begun in 1898 and completed in 1899, and the latest, the window immediately on the left when entering the chapel, was the last window to be completed in the church, in 1911.
This is the most recent window in the church, dedicated at Epiphany 1911. It was bequeathed by Mary Bunker, Fr. Penfold’s housekeeper, and depicts two Resurrection scenes: the women appearing at the tomb to be told “he is risen,” and the Lord’s appearance to Mary Magdelene. These are captioned respectively “fear ye not” and “touch me not.”
Below these images are the four Latin Fathers of the Church, St. Jerome, St. Gregory, St. Augustine and St. Ambrose. Above is an Angel bearing a scroll which reads “I am the Resurrection and the Life.”
The inscription reads “Remember before God Mary Bunker, a faithful servant and devout worshipper who fell asleep 25th August 1910; at whose charge this Window is here placed.”
One light in this window was dedicated at Michaelmas 1898, and the other a year later. The window depicts another two Resurrection scenes: the Supper at Emmaus and the Confession of St Thomas. The former scene is captioned “He was known of them in the breaking of bread,” and the latter “And Thomas answered and said, ‘My Lord and my God’.”
Below are the four Evangelists, St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke and St. John. Above, an Angel bears a banner reading “But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept.”
The inscription below the Supper at Emmaus reads “To the Glory of God and in memory of Thomas Percy Atchison, for 13 years Organist of this Church, who entered into rest 12th May 1899.”
That below the Confession of St. Thomas reads “To the glory of God and in loving memory of Susanna Braine, who entered into rest 23rd March 1895.”
This window was dedicated, along with the Great East Window, the new Chancel, and the brass of Fr. Penfold, at the Octave of the Ascension, 2nd June 1908, by the Bishop of London. The window in the Resurrection Chapel, with its image of the crucifixion, is a memorial to Fr. Penfold.
The Crucified Christ is accompanied by Our Lady and St John, and surrounded by angels. Two of these angels adore the Crucified, while the others hold emblems of Our Lady: ‘the Star of Jacob,’ ‘the Garden enclosed,’ ‘the closed Door,’ ‘the Tower of David,’ ‘the Lily of the Valley,’ and ‘the Mystic Rose.’ The first history of St. Michael’s notes that “where there is only one side-chapel in a church it is usually (unlike our own) called ‘the Lady Chapel’.”
It is likely that the tension here can be traced to the less-than-warm response to the Catholic revival in some quarters – a Resurrection Chapel would have been less controversial than one dedicated to Our Lady, so the designers combined the two ideas. The early history suggests renaming it ‘The Chapel of Our Lady and the Resurrection’.
The inscription reads “Remember before God Edward Bainbridge Penfold, first Vicar of this Parish, who died 29th July 1907; in loving memory of whose life and teaching this Window is here placed by his Parishoners and Friends.”