Stained Glass in Saint Paul’s
The North Aisle (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19)
The Saints of the English Church
S Joseph of Arimathæa, the disciple who begged Pontius Pilate to allow him to bury the body of Jesus. Old tradition associates him with the religious foundation of Glastonbury, in which case he would have been the first to bring Christianity to England.
S Nicodemus, the disciple who brought the myrrh and aloes for the burial of Jesus, and so is associated with Joseph of Arimathæa.
S George, (d. circa 300) a soldier martyred during the great persecution of Diocletian, he was popular with the Crusaders and patron of soldiers and of the great Duchy of Aquitaine, in the South of present day France. When the Duke of Aquitaine ascended the throne as Richard I, S George became Patron of England.
S Nicholas of Myra, (d. circa 350) Patron of sailors and of the first parish church of Brighton.
S Helena, (c.250-330)gave birth to Constantine the Great in York, where her husband, the Emperor Constantius Chlorus, was stationed. She used her influence to establish many of the great church buildings of Christendom, including the great foundations of Rome and of the Holy Land.
S Alban, (3rd or 4th cent.) the first British martyr. King Offa built a Benedictine abbey over the site of his martyrdom.
S David, (5th – 6th cent.) Patron of Wales.
S Gregory the Great, (c.540-604) Doctor of the Church. When he was Prefect of Rome he turned his ancestral home into a monastery. Later he became bishop of Rome. As Pope he sent S Augustine to Canterbury.
S Augustine of Canterbury, (d.604) a Benedictine, brought Christianity to Kent from where it spread throughout Southern England.
S Ceadda or Chad, (d.673) an abbot, briefly archbishop of York, who submitted to S Theodore the archbishop of Canterbury following the Synod of Whitby.
S Etheldreda, (d.679) daughter of King Anna of East Anglia, she became abbess of Ely.
S Bede the Venerable, (673-735) a Benedictine of the double abbey of SS Peter and Paul at Wearmouth-Jarrow. He is famous for writing the History of the English Church and People.