Thomas More - Spring thru Winter

West
Symbols: Pen and Book, Science and Learning, Scales of Justice Tempered with Mercy.
All-Martyrs-Blood
St. Thomas More gave his life for our faith. His shedding of his blood is symbolized by the red "river of blood," which runs through each window. It is a symbol that was present in all the seasons of St. Thomas More's life.
West-Pen-and-Book
West: Pen and Book. The west window represents Spring, showing St. Thomas More's life of academics. The pen and book reflect his scholarship and writings which have been passed down through the years.
West -Science-Symbols
West: Science Symbols. Thomas more was interested in many subjects. He studied astronomy, mathematics, geography, and many other subjects. He secured the best teachers of his time and brought them into his house to teach his children.
West-Scales-of-Justice-and-Mercy
West: Scales of Justics and Mercy. By training and profession, Thomas More was a lawyer. He was uncommonly fair with his decisions and exemplified the Christian viewpoint up to his death. This is symbolically represented with the Scale of Justice tipped in favor of the Cross. He was a man imbued with a kindly spirit who believed that love for each other was paramount in all things.
North
Symbols: Eucharistic Wheat and Grapes, Family, Marriage
North-Wheat-Grapes
North: Wheat & Grapes. Wheat and grapes are the natural food from which the Bread and Wine are produced to provide us with the material elements of the Eucharist. Thomas More believed deeply in the reception of the Eucharist and calls us, as a parish family, to believe and practice it strongly.
North-Family
North: Family Man. Thomas More was also a family man, completely devoted to his wife and children, who were a source of joy and peace to him. This family invites each of us to become a family united in faith and love.
North-Wedding-Rings
North: Wedding Rings. The north window represents Summer and Sir Thomas More as a family man. St. Thomas More believed in the dignity and depth of the Sacrament of Matrimony, as can be seen in the Hand and Wedding Rings gently touching each other, calling all marrried persons to be more aware of the call of the Sacrament.
East
Symbols: Papal Seal, Rose and Chain (Office of Chancellor), Seal of England.
East-Papal-Seal
East: Papal Seal. The east window, with the Fall colors, depicts the public life of St. Thomas More. The Papal Seal, a symbol of the Church, the purity which meant so much to him, became his strength.
East-Rose-and-Chain
East: Rose and Chain. At this time in history, the Church was brought more to the front of the public by St. Thomas More's being made Chancellor of England. As Lord Chancellor, Thomas More was one of the most important people in the country. The symbol of that office is the Rose and Chain.
East-Seal-of-England
East: The third seal is the Seal of England. This window symbolizes Thomas More as a man in the middle, between the Pope and Henry VIII, between Catholicism and the secular desires of the King. He so loved the Church, that his integrity eventually cost him his life, ironically at the bequest of his one-time friend, the King.
South
Symbols: Tower Bridge, Executioner's Axe, Tower prison.
South-Tower-Bridge
South: Tower Bridge. In order to impress the people, the results of not doing the wish of King Henry VII, St. Thomas More's head was displayed on the bridge into London. It was later removed by a friend and Thomas More's daughter.
South-Executioner-Axe
South: Executioner's Axe. When he refused to do this, Thomas more was falsely convicted of a political crime and sentenced to die by being hanged, drawn, and quartered. Due to his noble ranking, the sentence was commuted to beheading, as was the custom in those days. The double axe was a common execution element in St. Thomas' time.
South-Tower-Prison
South: Tower Prison. St. Thomas More was indeed a man for all seasons. The theme of his life is carried out in the four windows. The Winter window, done in blues and grays, depicts his religious convictions and political life. The large Tower of London shows where he was held prisoner by King Henry VIII in hopes Thomas More would change his mind and take the oath proclaiming the King, Head of the Church in England.