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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: East Congregational Church UCC

Studio Name: Chartres Glassmaker’s Guild

City: Grand Rapids

Window Shape: 5 (gothic arched, 2 vertical sections)

Date of Window: 1955

Subject/Title of Window: John and James

Brief Description of Subject: John
The window portraying John and James, the two fishermen brothers, is dominated by tones of gold and brown, green and yellow. John is pictured as the gospel writer with a quill in his hand, and the inscription, "In the beginning was the word." In the arch above, is the Book of Holy Scripture.

The medallion below is the scene of Calvary, for John was the one disciples who did not forsake his Master. Jesus commended his mother to his care, "Mother, behold thy son."

James, the other son of Zebedee is portrayed with a staff in his hand because he traveled far and wide preaching the gospel, bringing the good news. The six pointed star above is symbolic of his holy personality. In the arch is a seashell, symbolizing the fact that these two men followed the nets.

In the scene below, Jesus confronts these two fishermen brothers as they are mending their nets saying, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men."

Inscriptions: In the beginning was the word.
Mother behold thy son.
Jesus said, ‘Follow Me.'
Fishers of men.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 11'6"

Width: 4'6"

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

John and James
John and James

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