(10) The Evangelists, and above The Stone Angel

The Evangelists

Beneath the two gothic arches to the North Transept there is a massive pillar, and on its capital there are fine carvings representing the four Evangelists, each a writer of the four Gospels.

The Evangelists are shown as a lion (Mark - Sanctus Marcus), an ox (Luke - Sanctus Lucas), a man (Matthew - Sanctus Matthias) and an eagle (John - Sanctus Johannes).

These are the four living creatures seen by St John in a vision and recorded in the Book of Revelation (4. 7-8) and also taken from references in the book of Ezekiel, Chapter 1, verse 10:- "As for the appearance of their faces; the four had the face of a human being, the face of a lion on the right side, the face of an ox on the left side, and the face of an eagle; such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above".  In the book of Revelation, Chapter 4, verse 7 there is a similar reference:- "the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with a face like a human face, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings".

It is suggested by some writers that the wings on each of the symbols of the Evangelists is to show their connection to the divine. Perhaps to be viewed, like angels, as the messengers of God. They are the bringers of the Gospel, that is, the "good news."

Revelation continues, the creatures "they rest not day and night, saying 'Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come' ". This text can be seen carved around the top of the column.

It is thought the carvings are by Axel Haig.

The large stone angel in the roundel above the arch leading to the North Transept is very different in style and does not appear to be by Axel Haig. The sculptor is unknown. The angel's scroll reads "Glory to God in the highest"

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