The Death of Joseph (Genesis 50:22-26)

The Death of Joseph (Genesis 50:22-26)

This stained glass scene (see full image below) is of the death of Joseph in Egypt, surrounded by his eleven brothers. Joseph had led a successful life there with his family, after arriving as a slave many years earlier. Now on his deathbed, he had some last instructions for them.

Joseph told his brothers (as per the Latin scroll featured): post mortem meam Deum visitabit vos – God will visit you after my death. He foresaw the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and asked that when this took place, his mortal remains were to go too. (cf Hebrews 11:22)

The window dates to the late 1890s and is by Lavers & Westlake. It’s found in a side chapel behind the chancel that includes other scenes from the life of Joseph, as well as scenes from the life of St Joseph, the foster father of Christ. The general theme of the chapel is ‘leaving Egypt’, contrasting the Exodus with the later ‘Flight from Egypt’ of St Joseph, the Virgin Mary and the infant Christ (Matthew 2:19-23).

See the full image:

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Where to find this work of art
Sacred Heart, Wimbledon

Read the relevant passage
Genesis 50:22-26

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