Stained Glass window glossary

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This is me going off on a tangent before writing up a post on Worcester Cathedral.  I’ve spent quite a lot of the past few weeks staring at stained glass one way or another, though not taken many photographs of whole windows because I can’t do them justice.  Aside from a crick in my neck, time spent waiting for the sun to come out and a fascination with Thomas Denny windows  I’ve learned a whole new vocabulary.  This is by way of a glossary for future reference.

Cartoon -A full scale drawing of each panel of glass or light. The cartoon follows on from the vidimus.

Catherine window – another name for a rose window or wheel window because of its symmetrical pattern, containing tracery that makes the ‘rose’. They are usually Gothic in origin and must contain the radiating wheel spokes to be Catherine, wheel or rose windows depending…

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August 31, 2016 · 2:29 pm

David Avocado Wolfe Sells a Carcinogen (#DontCryWolfe)

I dropped him long ago. fake ‘guru’

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David Wolfe sells a carcinogen Rare photo of David Avocado Wolfe auditioning for the movie “Cocktail”. David is juggling a bottle of his Longevity drops, which contain alcohol that he links to cancer.

David Wolfe is selling longevity drops!1  Golly gee whiz!  This is exciting news!

Until we got bogged down in the drudgery of this never-ending presidential campaign here in the United States, where watching the news conjures up thoughts of sticking my tongue into a 120 volt electrical outlet, I had always hoped to live forever.  I wanted to live long enough to see humans travel to the stars.  I secretly thought I’d persevere and see the Chicago Cubs win a World Series.  I’m embarrassed about never buying life insurance and didn’t want to be confronted with the consequences of that mistake by actually dying.

So there I was, credit card in hand over on Wolfe’s Longevity Warehouse web site, ready…

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David Avocado Wolfe Sells a Carcinogen (#DontCryWolfe)

David Wolfe is selling longevity drops!1  Golly gee whiz!  This is exciting news! Until we got bogged down in the drudgery of this never-ending presidential campaign here in the United States, wher…

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Welcome to the Rosary Collector’s Guide

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For over 50 years, I have been collecting rosaries.  My earliest recollection of the rosary was that of my Irish grandfather who always carried a black ebony rosary that he brought to America from Ireland in the late 1800’s.  He went to  church daily and hung his rosary over a pew as he prayed on it during the Latin mass.  Of course, everyone in the family carried a rosary, the men in their pockets, and the women in their purses.  At First Communion, girls carried a white or pink rosary, and the boys a black or blue one.  Rosaries were given as gifts for birthdays, Christmas, and as special awards for academic achievement.  For these events, they were often inscribed with the recipient’s name and the date.

I was not a serious rosary collector until the day I decided to gather all my family rosaries, including the ones I bought in the…

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Misericords

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DSC_0046Misericords from the Latin word meaning pity are also known as ‘mercy seats’.  These are the ledges or rests in choir stalls so that clergy singing the divine offices could rest their weary legs.   The clerical perches were often hinged so the misericord carving could only be seen when the perch was raised. Many oak choir stalls with their misericords were placed in churches during the medieval period; their carvers are largely anonymous and the meaning behind the carvings sometimes lost but they remain a fascinating glimpse of the past.

Hemingborough in Yorkshire has some of the earliest examples of misericords in this country and Exeter Cathedral has a complete set dating from the Thirteenth Century.

The carvers used their imaginations when they created each misericord.  Some scenes come from the Bible; others like the foliate green men sporting leaves from their mouths come from an earlier folklore; some…

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