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Building Name: Christ Church Cranbrook

Artist Name: J. Gordon Guthrie

City: Bloomfield Hills

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1928

Subject/Title of Window: Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Part 1

Brief Description of Subject: Three separate windows, located in the baptistery, are to be view as one picture --- the Baptism of Christ. All three of these J. Gordon Guthrie windows incorporate medieval-style architectural surrounds, canopies, and bottom panels. In style, they are Gothic Revival, but rely on later sources from fourteenth and fifteenth century England. John the Baptist, Jesus' cousin, was born 6 months before Jesus in a land suffering from corrupt government, loose morals, and hypocrisy. Apparently thoroughly schooled in the religious tradition of his people, he became indignant over conditions, and leading a life of self-denial, preached a gospel of repentance.

This window depicts two pairs of angels. The top pair holds attributes of John the Baptist --- a beehive (Matt. 3:4) and a reed staff topped with a cross (reed cross). The bottom pair are venerating Christ. On the streamer held by the angel is a quote from John 1:29 (KJV) "The next day John (the Baptist) seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD, which taketh away the sins of the world." The inscription at the bottom are words spoken by John the Baptist -- Mark 1:8 (KJV) "I indeed have baptized you with water, but HE SHALL BAPTIZE YOU with the Holy Ghost." The last part of this quote will be inscribed in the third window.

Inscriptions: Behold the Lamb of God (on streamer held by angel)
He shall baptize you (at bottom)


Condition of Window: good

Height: 5.5'

Width: 1.25'

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass, Lead Came

Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Part 1
Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Part 1
Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Part 1, top
Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Part 1, top
Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Part 1, bottom
Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Part 1, bottom

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