And All That Heard Him Were Astonished at His Wisdom and His Answers

Ten stained glass windows in the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Albany, New York depict scenes from the life of Christ.  The second, And All That Heard Him Were Astonished at His Wisdom and His Answers, appears in the west wall.

And All That Heard Him Were Astonished at His Wisdom and His Answers

And All That Heard Him Were Astonished at His Wisdom and His Answers

SOURCE:  And All That Heard Him Were Astonished at His Wisdom and His Answers (Albany, Albany County, New York); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 08 January 2012.

{2:40} Now the child grew, and he was strengthened with the fullness of wisdom. And the grace of God was in him.
{2:41} And his parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the time of the solemnity of Passover.
{2:42} And when he had become twelve years old, they ascended to Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast day.
{2:43} And having completed the days, when they returned, the boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem. And his parents did not realize this.
{2:44} But, supposing that he was in the company, they went a day’s journey, seeking him among their relatives and acquaintances.
{2:45} And not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him.
{2:46} And it happened that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, listening to them and questioning them.
{2:47} But all who listened to him were astonished over his prudence and his responses.
{2:48} And upon seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: “Son, why have you acted this way toward us? Behold, your father and I were seeking you in sorrow.”
{2:49} And he said to them: “How is it that you were seeking me? For did you not know that it is necessary for me to be in these things which are of my Father?”
{2:50} And they did not understand the word that he spoke to them.
{2:51} And he descended with them and went to Nazareth. And he was subordinate to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart.
{2:52} And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and in age, and in grace, with God and men.

SOURCE: Conte, Ronald L. Jr., translator and editor.  The Sacred Bible. Catholic Public Domain Version. Luke 2:40-52. Online <http://www.sacredbible.org/catholic/NT-03_Luke.htm>. Accessed 25 January 2012.

The inscription on the window states:

And All That Heard Him Were Astonished at His Wisdom and His Answers – Luke II.47

In Memory of Mrs Anna Frances O’Connor Reid

Copyright © 2012 by Stephen J. Danko

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