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The Women at the Tomb Window

THIS WINDOW is to the left and below the Ascension window. It depicts the three women, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, who went to the tomb on the first day of the week to anoint the body of Jesus, as was the custom in those days. When they reached the tomb they found the stone, that had been placed at the opening, rolled away.

And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him." (Mark 16:5, 6)

The young man holds up to Mary Magdalene, kneeling before him, the crown of thorns. At her feet are an Easter lily and a pomegranate, symbols of the Resurrection. In the background are the other two women, one of whom holds a jar of spices.

He has risen - these three words form the greatest watershed of history. Everything that has flowed from them - the creation of the Christian Church, the gospel of the resurrection, the Christian experience of the living Christ, the great social forces let loose as a result of the new evaluation which the resurrection put upon man - all these bear their witness to the reality and transforming power of the event itself.*

This window was Given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Pierre Fabian LaBorde, Sr. by his wife and children. Dedicated June 2, 1963.

*Halford E. Luccock, The Interpreter's Bible, Nashville, Tenn.: Abington Press, 1951, Vol. 7, p. 912.