This is one of my favourite stained glass panels from St. James’ in Louth and it is one of the hardest to see, being hidden behind the organ! If you head East, down the North aisle of the church towards the Medieval font you will see the passage that goes behind the organ to a side chapel. All the stained glass behind the organ shows scenes from the childhood of Jesus, including his presentation in Jerusalem; as described in Luke chapter 2. The central panel shows Simeon holding the infant Chris and the right hand panel shows Anna, the prophetess, but I think this panel, depicting St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mother is the best; artistically speaking.
After completely ignoring this plaque for at least eight years, I noticed it today and was astonished. How could I have missed it? Only last month I was in this very shop, which is a Oxfam charity shop in its current incarnation, browsing through the second hand books and buying a copy of “The Red Badge of Courage” by Stephen Crane.
Later in the day I sat on a bench in the Market Place and looked at the spot, whilst eating my packed lunch, and tried to imagine the scene. Business takes me to Louth again on Thursday; I wonder what will be revealed to me on that visit?