When we walked round Chelmsford Cathedral the other day, we did not go inside, but today I remembered the painted modern window we had seen a couple of years ago. Painted by Mark Cazalet, which I had put on an old blog. The symbolism can be found in the words below, St Cedd is sitting under his tree, the eldest of four brothers and a Northern saint.
This painting is rather beautiful, formed of five panels. The tree is an oak, on the right hand side we find St.Cede sitting under it in a tranquil scene of golden corn but on the left, the tree is dying and depicts the environmental degradation we subject our land to. Also there is a skeleton on this side, this is Judas Iscariot, 30 pieces of silver falling from his skeletal hand, a reminder that the oil rigs that we see in the picture is the price we are paying for the destruction of the Earth; the painting has several messages, and there is a certain pagan air to it, the great tree so much a symbol of other religions stands tall and magnificent centre stage, highlighted by the gold of the sun, but up above the moon shines, a darkening sky signifying the threat of coming disaster.