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Hare Window in Long Melford
By Peter Sebbage
Holy Trinity Church is one of the great Suffolk wool churches and was completed in 1484, due to growing prosperity among the local cloth merchants. The only modern part is the tower, dating from 1903, while much of the stained glass is medieval.
This unique small stained–glass medieval roundel is located above the north door of Holy Trinity Church in Long Melford, although similar designs have been found in other parts of the world.
Although small it has, throughout the ages, been of enormous importance in the spiritual life of the church. The window depicts three hares but the viewer quickly realises that only three ears can be seen.
Due to damage during the Cromwellian era the window has required repair which, somehow, increases its inspirational value. To me, and many, this roundel represents the divine Trinity of God: three in one and one in three.
In its repair, it illustrates God’s unfailing love in reconciling a fallen world to Him through the sacrifice of Jesus.
last updated: 23/04/2008 at 12:37
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