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Building Name: St. Albertus Church

Studio Name: Mayer (Franz) and Company

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 6 (gothic arched, over 2 vertical sections)

Date of Window: 1924

Subject/Title of Window: Moses Strikes the Rock

Brief Description of Subject: Scene Background: Exodus 17: 1-5 Moses and the Israelites had left Egypt for the Promise Land but as they traveled there was no water to drink. The Israelites were angry with Moses and demanded he give them water to drink. Moses told them to trust the Lord, but they grumbled and feared dying of thirst. Moses grew desperate and cried out to the Lord for help. The Lord told Moses "Walk on ahead of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile and go."

Window Scene depicts Exodus 17:6 "I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink." So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel  and water flowed out of the rock  saving the Israelites from dying of thirst.

Octofoil Description:  In 1 Corinthians 10: 1-4 the rock that Moses struck is identified as  Christ. Theologians look for events in the Old Testament that foretell events in the New Testament. They have identified the striking of the rock (Christ) as a the crucifying of Christ and the water  flowing out of the rock as Christ's blood shed to save mankind. The octofoil has an angel holding a chalice symbolizing the blood of Christ.

Height: ~17'

Width: 6'

Moses Strikes the Rock
Moses Strikes the Rock
Moses Strikes the Rock close-up
Moses Strikes the Rock close-up
Moses Strikes the Rock octofoil
Moses Strikes the Rock octofoil
Mayer signature
Mayer signature

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