The East Window

Contributed by St John Medieval Museum

The East Window, St John Chapel

The East Window shows the history of the St John Hospitaller Knights with the founder, Blessed Gerard, in its centreThe East Window depicts the history of the St John Hospitaller Knights, whose influence was far-reaching in the medieval world, particularly in the Holy Land. They stemmed the growth of the Ottoman Empire through the great Siege of Malta in 1565.

The window shows St John the Baptist kneeling before Jesus at the River Jordan, with the founder of the order, Blessed Gerard, in the centre who was born in 1070 in Amalfi, Southern Italy. At that time, a pilgrimage to the Holy Land would clear you of all your sins. It also shows pilgrims being treated by the Hospitaller Knights, the church of the Holy Sepulcre, St Michael weighing the soul of a pilgrim, plus numerous eight pointed stars - symbol of the Knights Hospitallers.

The Knights of St John still exist today as the Knights of Malta.

The window was brought from the St John chapel at Harewood Park, Herefordshire when it was deconsecrated in the 1970s.

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