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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. John Cantius Catholic Church (closed 2007)

Studio Name: Detroit Stained Glass Works, The

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Subject/Title of Window: John the Evangelist

Brief Description of Subject: Background: The Gospel of St. John the Evangelist is unique in that it stresses Christ's massage rather than specific events in the life of Christ. Writings in the 4th and early 5th centuries were already comparing his Gospel writing with the eagle. For examples St. Jerome said " John the Evangelist who, having taken up eagles wings and hastening towards higher matters, discusses the word of God" or St. Augustine speaking of John's Gospel  "the Evangelist John, like an eagle, takes a loftier flight". The eagle with a halo has become a symbol for John. Most depictions of John show him as a young man. He never married and died a natural death at an old age.

Window description: A young St. John the Evangelist, costumed in a green tunic and red toga, is shown with a quill in his right hand and a scroll in his left -- symbolizing a gospel writer. John is clutching a medallion with a picture of an eagle with a halo -- John's symbol.

Inscriptions: Inscription: Ofiarowali Stanislaw i Julianna Kopka. Translation: Donated by Stanley and Julie Kopka.

John the Evangelist
John the Evangelist

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