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Bournville Parish Church
The Parish Office, St Francis Centre, Sycamore Road, Bournville, Birmingham, B30 2AA

Parish Office : 0121 472 7215 (Ext. 2)

Vicarage : 0121 472 1209

Prayer of St. Francis Window

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The St. Francis Window faces west and spends a proportion of the year receiving direct sunlight and a further part of the year in the shade due to the surrounding trees and elements of the church in which it is situated. At night it is lit from without by flood lights which shine on the church after dark and in all these circumstances, whether seen from within, without or at any time of day or night, the window shows a different character. The colours chosen - the blues in particular - are traditionally regarded as being very spiritual in essence and were used a great deal in Chartres Cathedral and many other places in the medieval period. They resonate with the colours within and add to the peace and tranquillity of the church.

The Artist – Catherine Pinnock - writes:

"Painting with light" is the description that the artist Lawrence Lee, who produced the aisle windows of Coventry Cathedral, gave to the act of producing a stained glass window. It is very apt as glass is a highly kinetic medium with the changing seasons, weather and time of day all having a profound effect upon the finished work and upon the person who sees it. Glass is a wonderful medium for transcending what we take for granted and lifting our experience to new heights.

The St. Francis Window is a rendition of the first lines of the Prayer of St. Francis: "Lord Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace..." The window depicts doves ascending or descending with outstretched hands at the bottom and the words of the prayer etched into the glass as an integral part of the whole.

The window uses blues and purples in English antique glass - a form of glass made locally in nearby Alvechurch and the last remaining English glass-making workshop in the country. In addition the more humble and commonly available float glass is put to use - it has been taken and kiln-formed to produce uniquely textured glass for the doves and hands. The whole effect is one of rich colour and suggested motion which changes with every alteration of light.

For more photographs and information on the designing and making of the St. Francis Window go to the Ecclesiastical section of:

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