On Saturday I went to York with a group of women from several churches in our area mainly to visit York Minster where it's now possible to see something of the conservation work that is being done on the medieval stained glass and stonework of the Great East Window.
There is display material in the Minster to explain more fully what it happening as the whole of the window has been removed for restoration and a nearly full-sized digital photograph has been put up to show what the window was like before it was taken out.
The Great East Window is the world's largest area of medieval stained glass in a single window. The theme is "I am the Alpha and Omega - I am the Beginning and the End" and the panels show 'the Beginning' from Creation and 'the End' from the Book of Revelation.
I haven't been to York for many years so as well as spending time in the Minster I walked by the river and the gardens nearby before joining some friends for lunch in the medieval quarter.
The West Front and the Great West Door
The Advent Wreath hangs in the crossing
between the transepts.
The High Altar from the choir stalls with the digital photo
of the Great East Window behind it and below - one of
the many windows in this sacred place of worship.