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Building Name: Mayflower Congregational Church

Studio Name: Omnibus Studios

Artist Name: Richard E. Hanley

City: Lansing

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1976

Subject/Title of Window: The Wedding at Cana

Brief Description of Subject: Jesus changing water into wine: Jesus with stone water jars and a servant pouring wine into a chalice. This window, donated by Mr. and Mrs. E. Nichols in honor of the marriage of E. Leroy and Dorothy Nichols. This is the story of Jesus’ first public miracle: changing water into wine for the wedding feast. In the foreground are two of the stone water jars which Jesus had the servants fill. Jesus is in the center with his right hand resting on the top of one of the jars. A servant pours wine into a chalice. Behind Jesus stand the bridegroom and the bride. Early tradition identified the as John the Apostle (who was perhaps a cousin to Jesus) and Mary Magdalene. The presence of Jesus at the feast signifies his blessing of the institution of marriage. During the Middle Ages, it was taught that this story showed the superiority of Christianity over Judaism, in that the water of Judaism was changed into wine of the Gospel. The three-pronged candelabrum is styled after the description of the candlesticks in the Tabernacle and in the Temple. Those candlesticks had seven branches, representing the Seven Spirits of God (also seen in the vision of John written in the Revelation). The three branches here may represent the Holy Trinity. Installed Feb. 27, 1976, and dedicated Mar. 7, 1976. Artists Richard Hanley and Mark Taleba. Installation by Omnibus Studios, Okemos, MI.

Inscriptions: JOHN 2:8


Condition of Window: Excellent

Height: 80"

Width: 45"

Type of Glass and Technique: Slab or Faceted Glass (Dalle de Verre)

The Wedding at Cana
The Wedding at Cana

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