The Saint James' Reredos
Ralph Adams Cram designed the great reredos above the main altar and was carved in Boston by the firm of Irving and Casson. The polychromed figures depict Christ and many great disciples and followers, including early Christians and historic leaders of the Anglican Church. The risen CHRIST IN GLORY, at the center of the reredos, is surrounded with symbols of the four evangelists. At Christ’s feet are adoring angels and the tree of life, symbolizing the resurrection and eternal life. At the extreme left (facing the image) is Saint James the Great and at the extreme right is Saint Paul. The small figure to the above left of Christ is Irenaeus; above right is Richard Hooker (Anglican priest and an influential theologian who exerted a lasting influence on the development of the Church of England); lower left is Gregory of Nazianzus; and lower right is Clement.