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Building Name: Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church

City: Livonia

Window Shape: 4 (rounded or rose window)

Subject/Title of Window: Christ in Gethsemane

Brief Description of Subject: This window entitled "Christ in Gethsemane," was originally placed above the altar in Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Detroit. The Church closed in 1977 and this window was gifted to the congregation that was in the process of forming Christ Our Savior Church. This window was incorporated into the design of their Church which was completed in 1978. It is located above the altar in the Gethsemane Chapel.

The story pictured is found in Matthew 26:36 - 39 (ESV): Just after the Last Supper, "Jesus went to a place called Gethsemane ... and taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, 'My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch over me,' and going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, 'My Father, if it is possible, let the cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.'"

The design of this window is based on an 1880 painting by Heinrich Hofmann entitled "Christ in Gethsemane," which now resides in Riverside Church in New York City. Hofmann chose to pose Jesus when he went off to pray alone, highlighting him with a light from above. His wringing hands display his angst for what will shortly befall him, while his face has an expression of acceptance for his fate.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 38"

Width: 38"

Christ in Gethsemane
Christ in Gethsemane
Christ in Gethsemane, Hoffman painting
Christ in Gethsemane, Hoffman painting

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