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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Cathedral Abbey of St. Anthony, formerly St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church (closed 2006)

Studio Name: Tyrolese Art Glass Company

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1902

Subject/Title of Window: St. John the Evangelist

Brief Description of Subject: Each of the four windows in the apse features one of the Evangelists. This one is John the Evangelist.

In Ezekiel 1:5-14 there is the appearance of creatures with 4 wings and 4 faces -- human, ox, lion, and eagle. In Rev. 4:5-8 four living winged creatures surround the throne -- a human, an ox, a lion, and an eagle. Since early Christianity these were matched with the four Evangelists. Many combinations are possible; St. Jerome's became the standard. John was the WINGED EAGLE as his gospel deals mostly with Christ's divinity -- it soars heavenly like an eagle.

There is a legend that John was given a CHALICE filled with a poisoned drink, when he blessed it the poison turned into a SERPENT AND CRAWLED OUT OF IT.

John, as in this window, usually appears as a young clean shaven man.

The logo of the maker appears at the bottom right corner as "TGA INNSBRUCK." The "TGA" stands for "Tiroler Glasmalerei Anstalt" whose factory was in Innsbruck, Austria. "Glasmalerei" literally translates into English as "glass painting". The company chose to go by the name "Tyrolese Art Glass Company" in the United States.

Inscriptions: Ex dono Rev(er)di(ssim) C.J. Hutter
Translation: Donated by the Reverend C.J. Hutter

Height: ~42"

Width: 21"

St. John the Evangelist
St. John the Evangelist
St. John the Evangelist close-up
St. John the Evangelist close-up
St. John the Evangelist donor
St. John the Evangelist donor

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