Trinity Church, Boston - Tabitha.
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Title:Trinity Church, Boston - Tabitha

Trinity Church, Boston, was completed in 1877. Its architect was H. H. Richardson, and numerous artists and craftspeople contributed to the interior design. In 1971, Trinity was designated a National Historic Landmark for "possessing "exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States."

This stained glass window from Trinity Church, Boston, illustrates the passage from Acts 9:36 : "Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did." In today's reading from Acts, Tabitha became ill and died. So beloved was she by her community that the disciples, who were visiting, summoned Peter. Peter came at once and raised her to life anew. This stained glass window, likely a memoriam to a church member, reminds the worshipper both of the beauty of caring for those in need, as well as the promise of eternal life in Christ.

Building:Trinity Church (Boston, Mass.)
Object/Function:Stained glass
Country:United States

Scripture:Acts 9:36-43
Person as Subject:Tabitha (Biblical figure)
Dorcas (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:CEast04
General Subject:Charity

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Copyright Source:Collection of Anne Richardson
Copyright Permission:This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial ShareAlike 3.0 License. In short: you are free to use and to share the file for non-commercial purposes under the conditions that you appropriately attribute it, and that you distribute it only under a license compatible with this one. For uses other than the above, contact the Divinity Library at
Attribution:Trinity Church, Boston - Tabitha, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved October 19, 2020]. Original source: Collection of Anne Richardson.
Record Number:51534 Last Updated: 2019-04-30 11:52:30 Record Created: 2007-06-06 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition