Hope and Charity. Lichfield Cathedral

Faith, Hope and Charity

William Wailes



Lichfield Cathedral

This is one of Wailes's more narrative-style windows, with much happening. Everything is shown in his typical clear, bright colours. On the left, for example, is the dramatic moment when Jesus helps Peter who has come towards him on the Sea of Galillee, but has started to sink because of his fear of the gale. Jesus both inspires and rebukes him, telling him "Oh thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" (Matthew 14:31). In the background, another disciple watches from the boat in awe. [Commentary continues below.]

Photographs and text by Jacqueline Banerjee. Many thanks to Pat Scaife. who identified the window's designer for me, and whose book about the cathedral's stained glass is listed below.

The photographs are reproduced here by kind permission of the Chapter of Lichfield Cathedral. Click on the images to enlarge them.