VER the doorway from the staircase into the ambulatory of the Assembly Hall is a plaster relief, DEDICATION. It records the incidence of the war during the building of the Church House.
The thought expressed was inspired by these words with which Lord Tweedsmuir ended his speech to the Women of Canada, "Remember that in this fight we are God's Chivalry." And also by two of the war sonnets of Rupert Brooke.
"Now, God be thank'd who has match'd us with His hour,
And caught our youth, and waken'd us from sleeping."
and "Blow out, you bugles," on the sacrifices of youth, that "Holiness, Honour and Nobleness may walk in our ways again."
Two figures kneel at the altar; the man presents his sword and holds a flask from which he pours out on to the altar step "the red sweet wine of youth" : the woman holds a distaff, and lays down there roses and lilies, the pleasures of life. In the upper corner are little children faces,
"Those who would have been
Their sons, they gave, their immortality."
Above the altar, encircling the Cross, are the Greek words:
ΧΡIΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ: Christ is risen.
On either side, denoting a world-wide war, are the pilot stars of the two hemispheres: the Pole Star, ever the symbol of Constancy; and the Constellation of the Southern Cross held divine by the early Navigators. Around in a semicircle are the Stars in the Courses, expressing the thought of Meredith's poem "Lucifer in Starlight": Prince Lucifer "tired of his dark dominion," soars to the sky and
"at the Stars
Which are the brain of Heaven, he looked, and sank,
Around the ancient track marched, rank on rank,
The army of unalterable law."