Saint Martin de Gouray

Consecrated in 1835 as a chapel of ease for St.Martin’s Church, built to cater for the spiritual needs of the residents of Gorey with its busy port and oyster fishing industry, it became an Ecclesiastical District Church with its own parish boundaries in 1900. It occupies a spectacular site on Gorey Hill overlooking Gorey Village and the Royal Bay of Grouville.

The church contains one Bosdet window.

Christ’s Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane

A single lancet, over twelve feet high. From above, the dove of the Holy Ghost hovers over the scene. Below, an angel in priestly robes bears a chalice down to the distressed figure of Christ. Christ kneels under a canopy of trees, head bowed with hands joined tightly on his lap. The curve of his body reveals his inner desolation and grief. Behind him rise the towers and walls of Jerusalem and through the bushes soldiers approach to apprehend him. Beneath Christ are the words of his prayer: "Not my will but Thine be done". The surrounding space is filled with stylised foliage and berries.

  • Position: South wall
  • Biblical ref: Luke 22, vv. 39-53
  • Signature: H.T. Bosdet 1917
  • Memorial inscription: "To the Glory of God, this window is placed by Elias George Whitley in loving memory of his father and mother, Elias Whitley died 1859 and Elizabeth Whitley died 1914."

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