St Laurence Church, Stroud - Chancel Ceiling

The Chancel ceiling is decorated with 56 decorated panels each approximately 3 feet wide and four feet long. Each of the panels displays one of the five symbols shown below. The symbols are decorated in gold leaf. The ceiling was cleaned and repaired in 2001. It is believed that the original decoration was painted in the early 1900's.

 
This is Alpha and Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek Alphabet. Jesus is described as the alpha and omega - the beginning and the end of all things. Nothing and nobody is outside the reach of his love
 
The crown is a symbol of the triumph of the martyrs, who like St Laurence, were victorious over death and are given a crown of glory by Christ who is himself the King of Love.
         
These are the first three letters in Greek of the title Christ, which means the chosen one of God
 
SL stand for Saint Laurence, and the Gridiron - a kind of barbecue - is a symbol of Saint Laurence. He was killed for his Christian faith by being barbecued alive.
 
 
These are the first three letters in Greek
(the language the New Testament was written in)
of the name Jesus, which means Saviour