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The Miller Memorial Window

THIS FOUR-LIGHT window is the work of Ballantine of Edinburgh. The theme is the Resurrection. The two lights on the left portray the scene described in St Matthew's Gospel. The Magdalene in blue kneels before the Angel of the Lord, a resplendent figure whose robes seem to radiate light. On the ground is the vase of sweet spices which the women had brought to anoint Our Lord's body.

That most dramatic of New Testament incidents - the recognition by Mary Magdalene of her risen Lord, as described in St John's Gospel, is shown in the two right-hand lights.

In the background is the open sepulchre, whilst in the foreground, the Magdalene, robed in brilliant red, kneels with folded hands and enraptured face. Before her is the risen Lord, in robes of coral and white which seem to simulate the dawn of Easter Morning.

Above the scene are the words: "Touch me not for I am not yet ascended." In the tracery are angels, one bearing the Crown of Thorns, the other the Crown of Victory.

This window was the gift of the Rev. T. D. and Mrs. Miller, in memory of their two sons who died in the First World War.


From the a publication by the Society of Friends of St John's Kirk

Illustrated Notes on the Stained Glass Windows and the Mediaeval Silver of the Kirk - published in 1956

- with additional photography by Andrew Mitchell -


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