St Mary's Stained Glass Windows




The stained glass throughout the Church was financed by Miss Shaw Steward. Most of the windows, like much of the dedicated furniture and fittings, were taken to the new building in 1980. Sadly, some windows have been lost: viz., The Arch-Angel Gabriel, The Holy Innocents Window, the Angels Window, The East Window Triangle representing the Holy Trinity, the Seraphim and Cherubim, St Andrew Patron Saint of Scotland and Daniel.


The windows that may be seen today- all with modern 20th Century stained glass surround added, enabling the original glass to be contained in the Window spaces of the modern building - are: (1) in the Chancel/Apse, Christ at the Last Supper holding the Chalice, The Virgin Mary (2) The Magi in the East-facing Epiphany Chapel, (3)  Joseph, Mary’s husband and John the Baptist in the North-facing window, (4) All South-facing are Noah, Job, Isaiah and Enoch, Stephen, the first Christian Martyr, Joseph of Arimathea and the Apostles, Saints John and Peter. Finally (5) in the West-facing windows are Abraham, Moses and David.


The windows in the first St Mary’s Port Glasgow were redolent of the whole Bible- Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament.  In accordance with ancient tradition all the New Testament figures were placed facing North – “the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light” – and the Hebrew Scriptures figures had their place in the South.