The Guards Were Struck with Terror

Ten stained glass windows in the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Albany, New York depict scenes from the life of Christ.  The ninth, The Guards Were Struck with Terror, appears in the east wall of the church.  Note that the Gospel which this window represents is Matthew 28:4, not Mark 28 as the window itself states.

The Guards Were Struck with Terror

The Guards Were Struck with Terror

SOURCE:  The Guards Were Struck with Terror (Albany, Albany County, New York); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 08 January 2012.

{28:1} Now on the morning of the Sabbath, when it began to grow light on the first Sabbath, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulcher.
{28:2} And behold, a great earthquake occurred. For an Angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and as he approached, he rolled back the stone and sat down on it.
{28:3} Now his appearance was like lightning, and his vestment was like snow.
{28:4} Then, out of fear of him, the guards were terrified, and they became like dead men.
{28:5} Then the Angel responded by saying to the women: “Do not be afraid. For I know that you are seeking Jesus, who was crucified.
{28:6} He is not here. For he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where the Lord was placed.
{28:7} And then, go quickly, and tell his disciples that he has risen. And behold, he will precede you to Galilee. There you shall see him. Lo, I have told you beforehand.”
{28:8} And they went out of the tomb quickly, with fear and in great joy, running to announce it to his disciples.

SOURCE: Conte, Ronald L. Jr., translator and editor.  The Sacred Bible. Catholic Public Domain Version. Matthew 28:1-8. Online <>. Accessed 26 January 2012.

The inscription on the window states:

The Guards Were Struck with Terror. St. Mark XXVIII (sic)

Gift of Thomas and Elizabeth McEnaney in Memory of Their Family, John McEnaney in Memory of His Wife Jeannette and Family

Copyright © 2012 by Stephen J. Danko

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