From the Principal Service Gospel:
Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’
(Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 1, verses 19-21, NRSV)
In an age when exposing one’s partner to public disgrace has become a competitive sport, with the eager collaboration of a scatalogical media industry and a coprophagous public, we would do well to ponder Joseph’s example.
This glass is in St. Michael’s church, Newquay, Cornwall.