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Window

Building Name: St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church

Artist Name: Maria Orr

City: Kentwood

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Subject/Title of Window: St. Peter

Brief Description of Subject: One of nine exits from the Shrine of the Pentinent. St. Peter, one of twelve Apostles chosen by Jesus from his first disciples, was the leader of the early Christian church. He features prominently in the New Testament Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. Peter was a fisherman from the village of Bethsaida in the province of Galilee. During the trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin, Peter denied Jesus three times before the cock crowed. The keys used as symbol of the Pope’s authority refer to the “keys of the kingdom of Heaven” promised to Peter. “I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:18-20). These windows were designed and painted by Michigan artist and longtime church member Maria Orr and were fabricated at the Pristine Glass Company in Grand Rapids, where she was employed. Pristine Glass employees Elizabeth Kolenda and her staff were much involved in the fabrication process by creating and cutting all the digital layouts for the window designs.

Inscriptions: St. Peter


St. Peter
St. Peter

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