The two panels of the Resurrection Window offer a contemporary interpretation of the narrative which is contained in the Apostles’ Creed: “He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.” The lower panel represents the domain of the dead. It contains a representation of the crucified Christ on the Cross. Christ is symbolized by an Indigenous circle of spiritual power. Through the inclusion of this symbol, the ongoing existence of Australia’s Indigenous culture is acknowledged and the narrative thereby finds an Australian context. Such a symbol can also represent a source of water Christ (The Water of Life). This meaning is supported by the inclusion of concentric circles of cooler colour in the lower panel. The Ascension is symbolized by a single strip of clear fluted glass which travels up to the symbol of the Risen Christ in the top panel. This upward movement is reflected in the changes of colour in the background glass as well as in the use of strong verticals in the background tile pattern. The ongoing Spiritual power and presence of Christ (The Light of the World) is represented by the powerful rays of Light which emanate from his upper symbol. These rays penetrate the lower panel to symbolize his power over the dead as well as the living. Rather than using traditional leadlight construction, the window was created using a contemporary technique of laminating layers of glass. The absence of lead lines and opaque painted features gives the work a lighter and more brilliant appearance which matches the contemporary design of the Chapel as a whole.


The Resurrection Window was designed by Peter Toyne (