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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Immaculate Conception Church

Studio Name: Menominee Stained Glass Works

City: Iron Mountain

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1902

Subject/Title of Window: St. John

Brief Description of Subject: From The Stained Glass Windows of Immaculate Conception Church, Iron Mountain, Michigan by Father Darryl J. Pepin, 9. Saint John - St. John was both an Apostle and an Evangelist (Gospel-writer). John was the youngest of the Apostles and is almost always represented as a young man without a beard, as we see here. He was the one, along with Peter who were to go to the Upper Room to prepare the Last Supper. During that supper, John sat closest to Jesus and rested his head on the Savior's chest. John is the brother of St. James the Greater. John is said to be the author of the Book of Revelation as well as the Gospel of Joh. He is oftern respresented yb the symbol of an eagle, but here we see him holding a cup from which a snake is coming forth. This comes from a fanciful legend in which it is said that after the death of Christ, John was unknowingly given a cup of poison to drink. The legend goes that when the cup was handed to John the poison turned into a snake and crawled our of the cup. John is the only Aposlte who did not die by martyrdom. He died a natural death. His feast day is December 27th.

The lunette (half-round upper-most portion of the window) depicts the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. Often the Holy Spirit is represented in the form of a dove. The Spririt brings peace and this is symbolized by the olive branch held in the Spirit's beak. Above the Spirit is seen a six-pointed star, the Star of David, a sign of Jesus, the Messiah and Lord.

This window was originally donated by Pietro, Francesco, Arangelo Formolo and Oreste Stefani from the region of Italy known as Tyrol. The window was repaired and restored in 1982 in memory of the Margaret Formolo Marchetti family.

Condition of Window: Excellent

Height: 10'

Width: 3'6"

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

St. John
St. John

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