IMG 5095

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Window 030 - Saint Sylvester [Pope, contemporary of Constantine]

Note that there are eight small round medallions. Seven of these show Constantine writing one of the seven laws he gave to the Church. The final medallion (upper right) shows him watching the soul of Sylvester ascend; there is nothing on his scroll (has this finally silenced him? - GLS).

Bottom to top, left to right:

• Row 06: Sylvester holds book as the people beg him to accept ordinantion as a deacon; Melchaides ordains Sylvester a deacon.
• Row 07 (two outer): Sylvester becomes pope on Melchaides' death; Constantine becomes ill with leprosy (physician examines his urine).
• Row 08: Constantine sacrifices to an idol; Sylvester and Christians flee persecution.
• Center 09: Soldiers prepare bath with blood of 3,000 children, intended to heal the emperor if he bathes in it.

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