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ACNS3262 New window gives colour to mission

From "Anglican Communion News Service" <>
Date Mon, 20 Jan 2003 12:57:18 -0000

ACNS 3262     |     BELGIUM	|     20 JANUARY 2003

New window gives colour to mission

A stained glass window inspired by Jesus' Great Commission has been
dedicated at Holy Trinity Brussels as part of the pro-Cathedral's centenary
celebrations and as a reminder of its mission statement "to bring Brussels
to Christ."

Designed by Belgian artist Etienne Tribolet, the brightly coloured design
replaces the plain glass of three panels and the main rosette in the east
window. It has the text of Matthew 28:19-20 inscribed within it.

It was dedicated on 12 January by the Rt Revd Edward Holland, one of the
Diocese in Europe's Honorary Assistant Bishops and a former Suffragan Bishop
in Europe and Dean of Brussels. Also present was the British Ambassador and
the Ambassador of Ghana.

The window was donated to the church by septuagenarian couple Noel and Joan
Anselot. Mr Anselot said that they wanted both to express their gratitude
for the ministry of Holy Trinity over the past 20 years, and also to help
make the work of a young artist better known.

Etienne Tribolet is40 years old and has completed a number of stained glass
windows in churches and chapels across France and Belgium. This is his first
project in Brussels and his largest to date.

Anglican congregations have met in Brussels since 1815, although groups of
Anglicans had met in private homes from 1786. The present building was
formerly known as Christ Church (dedicated in 1902); it merged with the
Church of the Resurrection in 1958 to form Holy Trinity. It was dedicated as
a pro-Cathedral in the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe in 1981.

Among its famous members was Edith Cavell, who received communion from the
chaplain the night before she was executed by the Germans in 1915 for
assisting Allied soldiers. Today, the English-speaking congregation includes
people from 40 different countries and an African congregation uses its
premises on Sunday afternoons.

The centenary renovation project includes plans to update the entrance and
ancillary buildings, providing access for the disabled and creating a centre
for both worship and cultural excellence. Building work is about to begin
and is expected to last all year.

For further information please contact:

Canon Nigel Walker (chaplain)
Tel: 0032 2511 7183

Mr Roger Cox (church historian)
Tel: 0032 475 822898

[A photograph of the window is available from]

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