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Les sources iconographiques
des portraits fictifs du père jésuite Jacques Marquette

1955 Anonyme - Wauconda, IL, Transfiguration Parish

Cette église de Wauconda IL et ces vitraux datent de 1955 : voir : « Window 7 – (Prior Church) Mass was celebrated in the new church on July 10, 1955. » Source.

Ce vitrail présente plusieurs des caractéristiques iconographiques habituellement données à Marquette : canot dans la nature, avec peut-être Jolliet à son bord, croix à la main du prêtre, rabat.

« Window 2 – (Missionary in Canoe) As early as 1659, a vicar Apostolic had been appointed by the Holy See to the whole of Quebec, Canada known as “New France.” The first Illinois missions were controlled by the diocese of Quebec. Research into the beginning of the Catholic Church in Illinois is light. Robert Cavalier de La Salle may have traveled on the Illinois River in 1669. At any rate, Jesuits visiting this region prior to Marquette, made such visits with the same purpose in mind that all missionaries had; namely, to spread the Gospel. » Source.

Merci à la collaboration de Ruth D. Nelson.

« Window 3 – (Father Marquette) Stained Glass Window. Father Marquette was a man with a dream. For years, he had wanted to bring the message of God to the Indian tribes along the great rivers of the wilderness. He prayed to the Blessed Virgin for her intercession in his request. In May of 1673, the 37 year old Marquette and explorer Louis Joliet were assigned by the bishop of Quebec to take a trip of discovery down the mighty Mississippi River. Their return journey took them up the Illinois River. While resting at the camp of the Peoria Indians, an Indian couple brought their dying infant to Father Marquette to be baptized. This is the first recorded Christian sacrament on Illinois soil. A few days later, Father Marquette was teaching and preaching to the Kaskaskia Indians on the Illinois River, near what is now the town of Utica. Before leaving, he promised to return and establish a church in their midst. Father Marquette’s second journey in December of 1675 brought him first to the mouth of the Chicago River. Ill health caused the priest to remain in the Chicago area until March of 1676. His traveling companions built a log cabin which served as his home and the first church in Chicago. On Holy Thursday in 1676, in the presence of about 5,000 Indian chiefs and elders, young men and women and children, he brought the word of God to the Kaskaskians and sanctified the event with the celebration of Mass. It was the fulfillment of two spiritual promises. One was to establish their church and the other was to the Virgin Mary of Her intercession in his prayers. In Her honor, Father Marquette named his first mission, “The Mission of the Immaculate Conception.” » Source.


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