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New stained glass windows see the light in Newcastle

Two new stained glass windows by the artist Joseph Nuttgens have been unveiled at St Mary's Cathedral in Newcastle.

The windows, which are in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, were blessed on January 28, the feast of St Thomas Aquinas, during Pontifical Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

The first window, known as the Mary Magdalene Window. consists of two main lights. The left light features Our Lord on the cross. Around the cross stand his mother, his mother's sister (Mary the wife of Clopas) and Mary Magdalene.

The right light illustrates Our Lord's appearance to Mary Magdalene, the first person to whom He appeared.

The second window shows two Resurrection stories. The left light depicts the two disciples on the road to Emmaus and the right light illustrates the shores of Lake Tiberias when Peter leapt into the water to greet Jesus and He invited him to "feed my sheep".

The two windows form a unity with the Last Supper window installed in May last year to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Mercy.

The three new windows celebrate how the risen Jesus Christ is present to and feeds His people today with the Bread of Life in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Joseph Nuttgens paid tribute to Fr Michael Campion, the cathedral dean, who commissioned the works.

"Fr Michael and I talked about it a lot and he was incredibly supportive," he said. Joseph Nuttgens studied at the Central School of Art and the Royal College of Art. From 1978 to 1982 he was the studio manager of the stained glass artist Patrick Reyntiens. His most notable works include Durham Cathedral's Millennium Window and "The Fire Restoration" window in the Royal Private Chapel of Windsor Castle.

He is now working on a threelight window for St Mary's Cathedral depicting the history of Tyneside industry.

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