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Building Name: Mariners' Church

Studio Name: Lamb (J. and R.) Co.

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 5 (gothic arched, 2 vertical sections)

Subject/Title of Window: Philip and Bartholomew

Brief Description of Subject: The nave windows on the right side consists of Apostles and St. Paul with their shields and below these, scenes which, with 2 exceptions, are taken from the life of Christ.

The lancets borders are designed with oak leaves and acorns, a symbol of strength. Above the lancets of the Apostles, Philip and Bartholomew, is a "globus cruciger" which symbolizes Christ's authority over the world. Above their heads are a "Crown of Sainthood."

In the left lancet is St. Philip. His shield contains a cross and 2 loaves of bread. The cross became an attribute from a story in the "Golden Legend" that relates that while evangelizing in Phrygia, he was crucified by pagans. The loaves of bread comes from his association with the story in John 6:1-14 "Jesus Feeding the 5,000.

In the right lancet is St. Bartholomew holding a walking stick, a symbol for a missionary. His shield pictures three flaying knives --- according to Venerable Bede in his Martyrology", Bartholomew was skinned alive.

The scene on the right comes from Luke 5:1-3 (KJV) "... as the people pressed upon Jesus to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And HE sat down, and TAUGHT THE PEOPLE OUT OF THE SHIP." The shields at the top corners contain two fish, which can symbolize "Jesus feeding the 5,000" and a "Chi Rho Cross". Chi and Rho are the first two letters for the Greek word for "Christ."

The scene on the left continues the story from the right lancet. Luke 5:4-10 " Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught ... And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake." Matthew has an abbreviated version of this story. Matt. 4:18-19 "And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, And Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, AND I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN." The shields at the top corners contain the first three letters of the Greek word for "Jesus", and a "Tau Cross" with a fish, symbol of the Crucifixion."

Inscriptions: In Memoriam
Henry A. Tretheway
1830 1889
In Memoriam
Minerva Barber Tretheway
1850 1938


Height: 14' 9.5"

Width: 4' 4.5"

Philip and Bartholomew
Philip and Bartholomew
Philip and Bartholomew, close-up
Philip and Bartholomew, close-up
I Will Make You Fishers of Men/He Taught the People Out of the Ship
I Will Make You Fishers of Men/He Taught the People Out of the Ship
Philip and Bartholomew, shields
Philip and Bartholomew, shields
Philip and Bartholomew, Lamb studio sketch
Philip and Bartholomew, Lamb studio sketch
Philip and Bartholomew, Lamb studio description
Philip and Bartholomew, Lamb studio description

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