ST CHARLES BORROMEO CHAPEL
St. Charles Borromeo was born in Italy in 1538. He later became Archbishop of Milan but continued to live a simple life. He foretold the Plague of Milan, and when the governor and nobility fled, he stayed to help to cure and comfort the sick. He is said to be the founder of Sunday Schools.
This great saint of the Counter-Reformation gave material and spiritual help to English students for the priesthood who were preparing to return from Rome to their own country where they faced almost certain imprisonment and death.
The figure represents St. Charles. The panel on the left shows him administering to the sick during the plague while the one on the right depicts him praying for an end to the plague.
Looking back down the nave towards the organ loft, the best view can be gained of the
TE DEUM (WEST) WINDOW
This magnificent window illustrates the great hymn of praise, the Te Deum (We praise you, O God; we acknowledge you to be the Lord). This is an outstanding example of the art of stained glass. In the centre, within a large circle which represents eternity, Our Blessed Lord is seated on a throne, surrounded by seven archangels. Also depicted are the prophets, apostles, martyrs and other saints who, according to the hymn, raise their voices in praise of God.THE ROSE WINDOW.
This window in the south transept is inspired by Dantes Il Paradiso. The roses symbolise the graces and virtues of the saints, as seen by the poet in his vision.
The Rose Window was given to the church by priests who had either lived or worked in Lancaster.