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Virtual Guide: The Garrard Monument

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There are many monuments inside the church as well as outside in the churchyard. From the simplest marker cross to the elaborate Garrard memorial, each marks the passing of human life and reminds each of us of our mortality. In secular eyes, this could be viewed a a final protest against our transitory nature, but the Christian view is that death is a transition for the person into the greater reality of God’s presence. The resurrection of Jesus Christ shows us that as we are linked with Christ in baptism, we will not be abandoned by God in death; death is a gateway to eternal life in Christ. Yes, death and dying and separation from those we love is painful and sad yet the Christian hope is to be in eternity with a loving and peaceful God.

And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Revelation 21.23,24

This large marble monument on the west wall of the N Transept is in memory of Elizabeth Garrard (d. 1632) wife of Sir John Garrard, at one time Lord Mayor of the City of London.

a picture of the Garrard Monument in the N Transept of St Helen's, Wheathampstead
The Friends of St Helen’s made a video about this rather special memorial:

‘For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.

You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning; in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.’ Psalm 90.4–6