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(This text is mainly taken from a very detailed 4 page brochure I got at the church.)
The fashion for memorial stained glass in churches was revived in the 1840s in England, in association with the Gothic Revival and the Oxford Movement. The purpose is both commemorative and devotional. Many of the windows of St. Michael?s are little masterpieces. They are among the richest and finest stained glass windows in NZ.
All stained glass was ordered from England and generally made by the most distinguished craftsmen.The early dates of some memorial windows indicate that these may have already been in place in the old church before being incorporated into the new. Then for a period of some 40 years from the time this church was dedicated in 1872, the windows were gradually filled with commemorative glass of varying design, quality and interest. Most windows commemorate the early Canterbury pioneers and parishioners and their families who were settlers from Great Britain.
The East Window (above the altar) was replaced several times. The present three-panelled window was unveiled in 1910 to mark the 60th anniversary of the First Four Ships. It depicts the crucification of Jesus Christ mourned by Mary Magdalene and St. John, and the Last Supper.
The North Transept: The centre of the rose window ? placed in 1876 - features words of Matthew, the lancets show the corporal works of mercy.
The North Aisle windows, placed in the 1870s and 1880s, show a series of eleven of the twelve apostles. Most of them hold the weapon of their martyrdom.
The West Window Lancets were filled in 1873. They depict Christ calling Peter and Andrew, and the parable of the lilies of the field.
The South Aisle windows have no theme or unifying style. One of them depicts St. Michael and the defeated dragon. The latest one was commissioned in 1913.
The Rose Window over the West Door depicts the nine orders of angels.
The wonderful South Transept (1910) depicts God the Holy Spirit.
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