New Stained Glass Window

On Monday 16 April 2018 stained glass artist Jim Budd of Gladestry, Hereford installed a new window made by himself into the lancet on the North side of our Sanctuary. The window was donated by an anonymous benefactor. The design for the window was taken from a sketch drawn but never used by Br. Gilbert Taylor in 1997. Br. Gilbert was a monk of Prinknash, but he spent many years at Pluscarden. Most of the stained glass windows in our Church were designed and made by him. He died in 2004.

Our new window represents the miracles of St Benedict, as recounted in Book 2 of the Dialogues attributed to St. Gregory the Great. The design is structured around a thorn tree with its leaves: St. Benedict is said once to have rolled in thorns in order to quench the tempting fires of passion. We see here the raven that protected St. Benedict from a piece of poisoned bread; the retrieval and mending of a broken hatchet from the bottom of the lake, and the breaking of a poisoned chalice through the act of blessing. 

The colours in the design have been chosen to complement the north transept aisle "Visitation" window, and the stained glass of the East windows of the Chancel. 

Jim Budd's studio was able to use some of the hand made mouth-blown cylinder glass formerly from the studio at Pluscarden. The glass was painted in the traditional manner, using paint fused onto the glass in a kiln.