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Chancel, looking East

East Window High Altar St Barnabas St Paul St Peter St Mark

The glorious East Window shows Jesus giving his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5–7) to a small but attentive audience.

In the lower part of the window is a quotation from the sermon:
“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Below the window is the High Altar. It consists of a wooden table which is covered by a cloth of the seasonal colour, shown here in the green used for ordinary time. On it is a brass cross flanked by two brass candlesticks. It is a key part of the building because here bread and wine are consecrated by the priest to feed the spiritual life of the faithful.

Behind the altar is a picture of angels with another scripture quotation “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts” (based on Isaiah 6:3).

In front of the altar are the communion rails, where worshippers can kneel to receive the sanctified bread and wine during a communion service. The area beyond the rails is called the Sanctuary, and it is surrounded by wooden panelling in which are set statues of four saints:

St Barnabas, carrying a staff and a Bible, because he was a travelling missionary;

St Paul, who at first violently persecuted the church but became an influential Christian, carrying a sword and a Bible;

St Peter, carrying a key because Jesus said "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18)

St Mark, carrying a book to signify that he wrote one of the four Gospels (Mark’s Gospel).

They all look weary!