Faith, Hope and Charity

William Wailes



Lichfield Cathedral

This is one of Wailes's more narrative-style windows, with much happening, and all in his typical clear, bright colours. On the left is the dramatic episode in which Jesus helps Peter who has come towards him on the Sea of Galillee, but has started sinking because of his fear of the gale. Jesus both encourages and rebukes him, telling him, "Oh thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" (Matthew 14:31). An awed disciple watches from the boat — and an angel looks up from the lower panel. [More commentary and images below.]