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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

City: Ypsilanti

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1933

Subject/Title of Window: Jesus Washes Peter's Feet/Institution of the Eucharist/Gethsemane/Jesus Arrested

Brief Description of Subject: Each of the 10 aisle window contain four roundels that picture events in the life of Christ, for a total of 40 scenes. These scenes are arranged, somewhat, in a chronological order starting with the Annunciation (nearest the sanctuary on the epistle side) and ending with Christ the King (nearest the sanctuary on the gospel side).

The roundels in this window from top to bottom.
Jesus Washes Peter's Feet (John 13: 1 - 20). The Last Supper was being served and Jesus "rose up from the meal, and he set aside his vestments, and when he had received a towel, he wrapped it around himself. Next he put water into a shallow bowl, and he began to wash the feet of the disciples and to wipe them with the towel which he was wrapped. And then he came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to him, 'Lord, would you wash my feet?' Jesus responded and said to him: 'What I am doing, you do not understand. But you shall understand afterward.' Peter said to him, 'You shall never wash my feet!' Jesus answered him, 'If I do not wash you, you will have no place with me.' Simon Peter said to him, 'then Lord, not only wash my feet, but also my hands and head!' " (Verses 4 - 9 CPDV).
Institution of the Holy Eucharist (Mark 14:22 - 24). The sacrament of the Holy Eucharist was initiated at the Last Supper when "while eating with them, Jesus took bread. And blessing it, he broke it and gave it to them, and said: 'Take. This is my body.' And having taken the chalice, giving thanks, he gave it to them. And they drank from it. And he said to them: This is my blood of the new covenant, which shall be shed for many,' " (CPDV). The artist for this roundel has based the picture on an illustration from the 1884 edition of the "Missale Romanum." The initials of the illustrator was F.M.S. which had appeared at the bottom. In the illustration, the apostle seated on the right was clutching a money bag in his right hand and did not have a nimbus --- Judas Iscariot.
Gethsemane (Luke 22:39 - 46). After the Last Supper, Christ went to the Garden of Gethsemane with his disciples and told them to pray lest they enter into temptation. "And he was separated from them by a stone's throw. And kneeling down, he prayed, saying: 'Father, if you are willing, take this chalice from me. Yet truly, let not my will, but yours, be done.' Then an angel appeared from heaven, strengthening him.... And when he had risen up from prayer and had gone to his disciples, he found them sleeping out of sorrow. And he said to them: 'Why are you sleeping? Rise up, pray, lest you enter into temptation,' " (CPDV). In Mark and Matthew's version the disciples are identified as Peter, James, and John.
Jesus Arrested (John:1 - 13). While speaking to the disciples at Gethsemane, "Judas therefore having received a band of soldiers and servants from the chief priests and the Pharisees, cometh hither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said to them: Whom seek ye? They answered him: Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said to them: I am he. And Judas, who betrayed him, stood with them." Peter tried to defend Jesus but Jesus said "Put up thy sword into the scabbard. The chalice which my father hath given me, shall I not drink it? Then the band and the tribune, and servants of the Jews, took Jesus, and bound him: And they led him away." (Douay - Rheims)

Inscriptions: Gift of Walter Carroll Family

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 12'

Width: 46"

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

Jesus Washes Peter's Feet/Institution of the Eucharist/Gethsemane/Jesus Arrested
Jesus Washes Peter's Feet/Institution of the Eucharist/Gethsemane/Jesus Arrested
Jesus Washes Peter's Feet
Jesus Washes Peter's Feet
Institution of the Eucharist
Institution of the Eucharist
Institution of the Eucharist,
Institution of the Eucharist, "Missale Romanum"
Jesus Arrested
Jesus Arrested

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