The ascension of Jesus – read by Joy Baylis

“In front of you is the window depicting Christ’s Ascension into Heaven. Unfortunately, the screen, or reredos, at the base of the window obscures the inscription. However, a 1922 survey of Worcester churches says that the windows were given by Mr Collis in 1891.

The window is in two parts, an upper (heavenly) part and a lower (earthly part). The right hand of Jesus is directed towards the earthly group below him, and signifies that he is blessing the entire church. The disciples seem a bit startled as Jesus suddenly ascends into a cloud, which you can see with the feet of Jesus on a platform, made of the cloud.

The apostles you can see have halos, each slightly different. It is thought that the one on the right, wearing a striped sash and a more elaborate halo, is St Thomas.

The colours in this window are rather more sombre than those in the St Thomas window. Disciples are dressed in browns, greys, and white – symbols of humility and earthiness. Grey is also a symbol of mourning, contrasting with the brighter colours of the figure of Christ – blue which is the colour of the sky and therefore a symbol of heaven, red a symbol of suffering and gold the colour of the sun.

These colours highlight the figure of Christ and draw the eye to Him, with the gold above his head balancing the darkness of the clouds at his feet and the sombre garments of the disciples, as he ascends into God’s heavenly light.

The window is quite inspirational if you are looking at it when the sun is streaming through. You will see flowers within the surrounding border, including a Fleur de Lys pattern which signifies purity and loyalty. Other flowers resemble Tudor roses with five petals, associated with the five wounds of Christ and are in a variety of colours – green symbolising hope, gold the divine and purple, kinship.”