My Father, If It Is Possible, Let This Chalice Pass from Me

Ten stained glass windows in the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Albany, New York depict scenes from the life of Christ.  The seventh, My Father, If It Is Possible, Let This Chalice Pass from Me, appears in the east wall of the church.

My Father, If It Is Possible, Let This Chalice Pass from Me

My Father, If It Is Possible, Let This Chalice Pass from Me

SOURCE:  My Father, If It Is Possible, Let This Chalice Pass from Me (Albany, Albany County, New York); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 08 January 2012.

{26:36} Then Jesus went with them to a garden, which is called Gethsemani. And he said to his disciples, “Sit down here, while I go there and pray.”
{26:37} And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and saddened.
{26:38} Then he said to them: “My soul is sorrowful, even unto death. Stay here and keep vigil with me.”
{26:39} And continuing on a little further, he fell prostrate on his face, praying and saying: “My Father, if it is possible, let this chalice pass away from me. Yet truly, let it not be as I will, but as you will.”
{26:40} And he approached his disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter: “So, were you not able to keep vigil with me for one hour?
{26:41} Be vigilant and pray, so that you may not enter into temptation. Indeed, the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
{26:42} Again, a second time, he went and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this chalice cannot pass away, unless I drink it, let your will be done.”
{26:43} And again, he went and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.
{26:44} And leaving them behind, again he went and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.
{26:45} Then he approached his disciples and said to them: “Sleep now and rest. Behold, the hour has drawn near, and the Son of man will be delivered into the hands of sinners.
{26:46} Rise up; let us go. Behold, he who will betray me draws near.”

SOURCE: Conte, Ronald L. Jr., translator and editor.  The Sacred Bible. Catholic Public Domain Version. Matthew 26:36-46. Online <http://www.sacredbible.org/catholic/NT-01_Matthew.htm>. Accessed 26 January 2012.

The inscription on the window states:

My Father, If It Is Possible, Let This Chalice Pass from Me

Gift of Francis Catherine Cross Memory of Their Families

Copyright © 2012 by Stephen J. Danko

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