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The Church of the Resurrection

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Special things of note in the Church of the Resurrection

The Anglican Compass Rose

The Compass Rose Shield of the Anglican Communion was designed in 1954 by Canon Edward N. West of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York for the Second International Anglican Congress in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Compass Rose was modernised in 1988 and the new design was laid into the floor of Canterbury Cathedral during the Twelfth Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops.

At the centre of the circular emblem is the Cross of St George, a reminder of the origins of the Anglican Communion, and a link unifying the past to the Communion today. Encircling the cross is a band bearing the inscription, “The Truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) It is written in the original New Testament Greek, the traditional language of scholarship within the Anglican Communion. From the band radiate the points of the compass. The compass symbolizes the worldwide spread of the Anglican Faith. Surmounting the shield, at the North, is a mitre, the symbol of apostolic order essential to all Churches and Provinces constituting the Anglican Communion.

The Resurrection Tapestry by Robyn Mountcastle

The resurrection tapestry was designed and made by Robyn Mountcastle (Mrs Robyn James) a parishioner. The Tapestry shows the Phoenix rising from the ashes. It also includes the Cross of the resurrection.

The Font

Fr Derick Alton designed and built the font with the help of Bob Johnson. The triangle reminds us of the Holy Trinity, the bowl is in the shape of a ploughshare reminding us of the call to beat our weapons in to tools for growing crops (Isaiah 2 :4)

4 He shall judge between the nations,
and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
and their spears into pruning-hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.

The words written in Greek on the top of the font come from 1 Peter 3:21 form a palindrome

NIYON ANOMHMA MH MONAN OYIN (Νίψον ἀνομήματα, μὴ μόναν ὄψιν)  meaning “Wash the sins, not only the face,” or “Cleanse my sin and not my face only”. It is inscribed upon a holy water font outside the church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople.

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