Members of All Saints’ showed their spirit and their ‘Spiritwear’ by sporting special anniversary apparel on Sunday April 17th.
Twenty-five years passed between the time the Balcony Window was reserved and a memorial window was installed and dedicated in that space. In January 1939, Vestry was asked “to approve of, and order the reservation of the space at the South end of the church above the Front doors, for the erection, at some time in the future, of a memorial window.” The donor desired “The Ascension of our Blessed Lord in Heaven to be the subject depicted in stained glass.”
At Vestry in January 1963, the Rector reported on the bequest from the estate of Mrs. Christian, which allowed for the commission and installation of that memorial window over the front doors. The window was dedicated on March 8th, 1964.
The scene falls naturally into two zones, an upper heavenly part and a lower earthly part. The circular window above depicts an angel holding the golden crown of life. The main panels show Christ ascending, flanked by angels, one with a banner reading “Praise the Lord,” the other with a banner reading “For the Lord is Good.” The lower earthbound scene features the Virgin Mary, who is traditionally placed at the centre of the grouping, with her head bowed. She is surrounded by the upward-looking apostles.
“Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
To the glory of God and in loving memory of Arthur Edward Christian who died July 4, 1931.
And his wife Clarissa Elmina Christian who died July 6, 1962.”
The two windows on the east side of the church and closest to the chancel are memorials to Daniel Betts and his wife Eliza Almond Betts.
The Daniel Betts window depicts seven Christian symbols. Above all is the Pentecost dove of the Holy Spirit. Below that are (on the left) the intertwined Greek letters, alpha (Α) and omega (Ω), the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet and the Revelation identification of Christ. Opposite this is the Christogram, “IHS” which are the first three letters of the Greek name of Jesus, IHΣΟΥΣ, iota–eta–sigma, or ΙΗΣ. Centrally, on bright red backgrounds, are a golden cross ribboned with the words “Take up thy cross and follow me” (Matt. 16:24), and a golden crown and lilies with the words “I will give thee a Crown of Life” (Rev. 2:10). At the bottom are the three interconnected loops of the trefoil (the three-lobed shape) superimposed on the triangle denoting the Holy Trinity. Together they emphasize the eternity or unifying love of the Trinity. Opposite this is the crown of thorns and three nails of the Crucifixion.
The Eliza Betts window is an elegantly understated, pale-toned window with two nearly mirror-image panels (noting the differences in the angels makes for nice game to pass the time with little ones in church).
Although Mrs. Betts lived into the 20th century, and she herself, in her will, gave instructions for the installation of the window, the archaic term “relict” is used instead of “widow” to describe her relationship to Daniel, her husband. Notable also, is how precisely her age at death is measured.
All Saints' Anglican Church
300 Dundas Street West
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, worship services are presently conducted by Zoom at 11am. Please join our parish email distribution list or follow All Sts on Facebook to get a weekly invite to our online service.
Effective September 13, 2020, we will be re-opening our church building for in-person worship. Pre-registration is required, and health & safety protocols will be in place.
This in-person service will be at 10am. Beginning September 13, our online worship will also be offered at 10am.
Normally All Saints offers services as follows and we hope to get back to this schedule soon:
Quiet and Contemplative
Shorter Contemporary Seeker-Oriented
Communion Service with Sunday School
Classic Anglican Communion Service
with Choral Music
Tuesday to Friday:
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tel: (905) 668-5101
All Saints’ is an LGBTQ+ friendly parish.