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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. John's Episcopal Church

City: Detroit

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

Subject/Title of Window: Four Evangelists

Brief Description of Subject: St. Paul of Tarsus is seen in the canopy with his attributes of a sword and book. The sword comes from his writing about putting on the armor of God --- "the sword is the spirit, which is the word of God" Ephesians 6:17 KJV. The book symbolizes his scriptural writings. Of the 21 Epistles in the New Testament, 13 have been attributed to Paul.

Above the four Evangelists are two angels praising the Lord with an instrument of 10 strings. "Praise the Lord with harp, sing unto him with psaltery and an instrument of 10 strings." Psalm 33:2 KJV

The names of the four Gospel writers are inscribed below their picture, however "Matthew" and "Mark" should be reversed.

St. Mark is seen holding a medallion of the "Agnus Dei." The Agnus Dei is the attribute of John the Baptist and has been used here to denote that the Gospel of Mark begins with the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.

St. Matthew is pictured with a scroll and a money pouch on his belt. The scroll signifies a writer of Scriptures and the money pouch refers to his profession as a tax collector.

St. Luke is seen with a quill pen and a book. These symbolize his writing of scriptures.

St. John is pictured with a book and a chalice. The book is an attribute of a writer of Scriptures. The chalice comes from a legend that he was given a poisoned drink, when he blessed the chalice, the poison changed into a serpent.

This south apse window was a memoriam to John S. Minor 1816 - 1890, a vestryman of this Church. It was donated by his widow Kate L. Minor.

Condition of Window: good

Height: ~11'

Width: 3'

Paul and the Four Evangelists
Paul and the Four Evangelists
St. Paul of Tarsus
St. Paul of Tarsus
St. Mark and St. Matthew
St. Mark and St. Matthew
St. Luke and St. John
St. Luke and St. John

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