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Stained glass designed by Clayton & Bell c 1902 honoring soldiers of the 7th (Princess Royal’s) Dragoon Guards and the Norfolk Battalion Regiments who died in the Boer/South African wars. The first window shows an Angel flanked by St George and St Michael. The other two windows depict Joshua and the battle of Jericho, and Gideon’s victory over the Midianites.  Photos by Charles Reeza at Norwich Cathedral.

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The brass Pelican Lectern at Norwich Cathedral is thought to be the work of a 14th-century Flemish artist who obviously never saw a pelican. It escaped iconoclastic destruction during the Reformation by being buried in the bishop’s garden where it was found almost 300 years later in the 1830s.  The base is a Victorian addition.

In medieval Europe, pelicans were thought to be self-sacrificing to the point of providing their blood as food for their young by wounding their own breast. The pelican became a symbol of the Eucharist around the 12th century.

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“They that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.”  

This 1903 window by Burlison & Grylls quotes the Gospel of Luke, 5:31.  The window is dedicated to William Cadge, F.R.C.S., a renowned surgeon at Norwich and Norfolk Hospital.  

Although the image shows Jesus healing the sick, the context of the quote within the gospel is quite different. This was Jesus’ reply when the scribes and Pharisees criticized him for eating and drinking with social outcasts and sinners. It is a reprimand to those who are quick to condemn and exclude others.  Real Christianity is inclusive.

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Christ Church, Longwood. Architect in 1860 was Arthur Gilman. The Longwood section of Brookline was the country estate of the Sears Family, who created parks and estates in a rural area only 4 miles from Beacon Hill. David Sears II financed the church. Longwood remains a quiet area with great Victorian architecture with Fenway Park just a half mile away.

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The choir at Norwich Cathedral is lined with elaborately carved canopies in the Decorated Gothic style.  As far as I know these date from the 15th century, but it’s hard to believe they would have survived the Reformation and the Civil War. They might be a Gothic Revival addition from the 19th century.  Photos by Charles Reeza.  For a much clearer photo, click here.

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