This stained glass window was hung after being found in the basement at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, an Anglican church in Toronto, during a restoration project.
While not much is known of it’s origins, it is a regimental window of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. Historically, pelicans were believed to be particularly attentive to their young. This window depicts the Christian image of a pelican wounding her own breast to feed her young when no other food was available. The pelican came to symbolise the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, as well as the Eucharist.
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