Diocesan press releases

Prince of Wales to celebrate unveiling of major new stained-glass window

The new Jesse Window at St Mary’s Priory Church, Abergavenny, in memory of the late Dean Jeremy Winston, who served as Vicar in the town for 18 years, will be dedicated by the Bishop of Monmouth, in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales at noon on July 7, 2016.  

In front of an invited congregation of parishioners, donors and contractors, the Rt Revd Richard Pain will dedicate the window during a short service that will include scriptural references to Jesse, the father of King David.

The window, located in the east end of the Lewis Chapel, will complete the world-famous Jesse figure. This extraordinary larger-than-life figure once formed the base of an intricate and elaborate construction, which depicted the lineage of Jesus Christ from Jesse, the father of King David.

The window, one of the greatest new works of church art in Wales since the Second World War, is being designed by Helen Whittaker, a renowned artist and designer, highly regarded for her new stained glass windows, restoration painting and architectural sculpture in glass and copper. There are five panels, or lights, to the window, each 15ft tall by 21 inches wide, with smaller tracery windows above.