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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. John's Lutheran Church

Studio Name: Potter's Stained Glass Emporium

City: Dowagiac

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 2006

Subject/Title of Window: The Lord's Supper

Brief Description of Subject: Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane
The seventh window constructed used the symbol for the Lord’s Supper which was in sandstone below the window. The small, white circle is the bread (wafer) which was broken and given to the disciples, and the chalice is the cup from which Jesus instructed His disciples to drink. “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew (26:26-28)

The account of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane forms the background picture. The city of Jerusalem is in the distance. Jesus crossed the river Kidron on His way to this olive grove. When He got there, He took three of His disciples privately, and then prayed fervently about what was to come. “Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “SIt here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him.” (Matthew 26:36-37)

Jesus knew what it would cost Him to win the salvation for all mankind - it would cost Him His very body and blood, which He was willing to sacrifice, if that was the only way.

The two, small symbols remind us that God had not forsken His Son, but was with Him through it all (the moon and moon beams) and sent His angel to strengthen him for the task to come. “An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.” (Luke 22:43)

The small window below depicts those three disciples whom Jesus had asked to keep watch with Him, but who had fallen asleep. “Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still seeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.” (Matthew 26:45) (Genesis 8:19)

Height: 70"

Width: 44"

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Antique or Cathedral Glass, Lead Came, Copper Foil

The Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper

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