A special feature of the Mount Allison Chapel is its stained glass.

The narrow panels of stained glass sit on either side of four pillars and represent the four gospels. In the books of Ezekiel and Revelation in the Bible we find the image of the four living creatures who surround the throne of God. Their faces are those of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle, representing the wisest, noblest, strongest, and swiftest in all creation. The Christian tradition has linked these to the four evangelists, and that connection is made here.

 

Matthew window detail    Mark window   Luke window   John window

The Matthew Window
On the pulpit side, the Matthew window depicts the winged man descending. The Hebrew background to the gospel is shown in the prophetic figure and in the twelve flames of the burning bush, the twelve tribes of Israel and the church.

The Mark Window
To the right of the organ, the winged lion is seen representing Mark. Mark's focus on the authority of Christ is seen in the crown depicted in the window, a symbol of rule.

The Luke Window
The window of the gospel to the Gentiles, Luke, depicts the winged ox. Scenes from the gospels are shown, including Jesus preaching from the boat and the parable of the sower spreading the seed.

The John Window
At the lectern side, the window for the gospel of John shows the eagle, the traditional symbol of John. The passion is depicted subtly; in the pictures of the robe for which the soldiers gambled, dice can be seen. 
  

The Large Windows
Three large windows tell the story of the Bible in abstract form. The windows are titled Creation, Incarnation, and Redemption, and represent the three-fold work of the divine presence in the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Spirit, while the impressive western wall draws one's attention to the cross. 

East windowThe East Window
Titled "Creation", the grace of God is seen in the yellow, entering into creative contact with the earth, water, and fire represented by the browns, blues, and reds of the circle. Purple signifies the royal kingdom.

 

 

 

North window detailThe North Window 
This window represents "Incarnation", God's coming to earth in human form in birth of Jesus, which is represented in the burst of light in the upper quadrant, suggesting the resurrection and the triumphant Christ whose love permeates the darkest reaches of human experience and existence with new life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

South windowThe South Window
This window represents God's love for humanity and his sovereignty over all things. "Redemption", which this window represents, is seen in the colour yellow, penetrating to every corner of the darker areas, represents the extension of God's love and grace to all.

 

 

 

Western wallThe Western Wall
The cross dominates the wall and the whole Chapel. It stands as a constant reminder of that act by which God has demonstrated most clearly his grace and love. The architecture of the Chapel is designed to draw the eye to the front and from there upwards to the cross, surrounded by thirty small panels of stained glass that illuminate the cross.

 

 

 

 

The Founding Churches
At the top of each of three pillars is a stone image from one of the founding churches of the United Church of Canada in 1925.

  • The burning bush represents the Presbyterian Church in Canada
  • The open bible identifies the Congregational Church
  • The descending spirit shows the Methodist Church

The sailing ship completes the quartet, representing the ecumenical movement, or the church of all people coming together in the name of Jesus Christ.