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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Our Lady Queen of Apostles Catholic Church

Studio Name: Willet Hauser Architectural Glass

City: Hamtramck

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1953

Subject/Title of Window: St. Peter

Brief Description of Subject: This window, located on the west wall of the south transept, contains three scenes in the life of Peter. All quotes from the NRSVCE Bible.
Scene 1: Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar. Acts 3:1 - 10.
"Peter and John were going up to the temple ... and a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate ... so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. ... But Peter said, 'I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of the Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up.' And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. Jumping up, he stood up and began to walk."
Pictured is Peter using his right hand to raise up the crippled beggar. In the background is the Apostle John, and the top of a gate.
Scene 2: Peter's Miraculous Escape From Prison. Acts 12:1 - 10.
"King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the Church. He had James, the brother of John, killed with a sword. After he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter ... [And] put him in prison, ... intending to bring him out to the people after Passover.The very night right before Herod was going to bring him out, Peter, bound with chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while guards in front of the door were keeping watch over the prison. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell ... Then he said to him, 'Get up quickly.' And the chains fell off his wrist. ... Then he said to him, 'Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.' Peter went out and followed him ... After they had passed the first and second guard, they came before the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went outside."
Pictured is Peter being led out of the prison by an angel. In the background is an open iron gate.
Scene 3:Peter and Cornelius. Acts 10.
The Disciples and Jesus were all Jewish, so it was thought that followers of Jesus would need to be Jewish and follow the laws in the Torah. In this Chapter of Acts, Peter comes to believe God "accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right."
Cornelius, a resident of Caesarea, was a gentile who "prayed constantly to God." God sent an angel and told him your prayers have been answered and that he was to send his servants to get a man named Peter who was staying in Jappa. As they were nearing the city, Peter went up to the roof to pray. He became hungry and while the food was being prepared, he saw heaven open up and a sheet with creatures that the Torah had forbidden Jews to eat being lowered. Then he heard a voice telling him to kill them and eat. When Peter responded that he would never eat what was forbidden, the voice said, "What God has made clean, you must not call profane." The men sent by Cornelius arrived and the Spirit told Peter to go with them to Cornelius. When Peter arrived he told Cornelius, "You yourself know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or visit a gentile; but God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean." Peter proceeded to baptize him and all that were present.
Pictured is Cornelius praying to God, and at a distant location, Peter, on the roof of a building, gazing up to a sheet with, according to Mosaic Law, animals that they are forbidden to eat. The water between the locations is the Mediterranean Sea, as Caesarea and Joppa are port cities on the Mediterranean.

Height: 87"

Width: 15"

St. Peter
St. Peter
Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar
Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar
Peter's Miraculous Escape From Prison
Peter's Miraculous Escape From Prison
Peter and Cornelius
Peter and Cornelius

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