Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me

Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me ~ James Powell and Sons Studios, London, 1937

The subject of this window, which was commissioned from the James Powell & Sons Whitefriars Studio in March 1937, is Jesus blessing children brought to him while he was teaching. In the words of the Gospel according to St. Luke: “And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.” [King James Version, Luke 18:15-17]

The disciples are shown in the background on the left. The two pictured might be John, who is often portrayed as a blonde, beardless young man, and Peter, who is always shown with gray hair and a short beard. People witgh children are approaching in the right background, and Jesus stands in the center of the window, surrounded by children.

This scene was a very popular subject in the 19th and 20th centuries for stained glass windows given in memory of children who died. This window was given to St. John’s in 1937 in memory of Beatrix C. Lilliendahl who died 16 July 1936. The window was designed by Hodges from a cartoon by Erridge.

It is located on the west wall of the south transcept chapel.

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Location: To the right of the altar in the north transcept chapel.
Inscription: In memory of Beatrix C. Lilliendahl, 16 July 1936.