The Great Physician

The Great Physician window features three scenes depicting Jesus’ healing ministry. According to Matthew 4:23, ‘Jesus went all about Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.’ Each of the three lancets depicts scenes in which individuals of great faith were healed. The center lancet depicts the Healing of the Palsied Man Let Down from the Roof, as mentioned in Matthew 9: 2, Mark 2: 3 and Luke 5: 18. Flanking this scene are two events described in Matthew 9:18-25, Mark 5: 22-43, Luke 8: 41- 56: the Woman of Great Faith (at left) who was healed of her chronic ailment, of which she suffered twelve years, after touching Jesus’ garment and the Raising of Jairus’ Daughter (at right). In the upper tracery two symbols recall Jesus’ role as a physician: the cadeuses and the mortar and pestle.

Comments are closed.