Jesus with Children Windows
Ollie Maurin Coates (1882-1981) was a long-standing and very active member of St James Episcopal Church, serving in many capacities at the parish, diocesan, and national levels.
She was president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the church, compiled the memorial booklet commemorating the first 100 years of St James Episcopal Church in 1944, served as historian of the Episcopal Church of Louisiana, and was a member of Campus Club, Washington Cathedral Chapter.
In addition, she was a member of the American Association of University Women, Woman’s Club, Baton Rouge Music Club, Little Theater, Study Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, Garden Club of Baton Rouge, and Kappa Delta sorority.
Mrs. Coates’ husband, Dr. Charles E. Coates, also actively served St. James Episcopal Church, 44 years as a vestryman and four years as Senior Warden. His service is recognized in a memorial tablet on the north wall of the church.
The windows were manufactured by Willet Hauser Architectural Glass, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The photographs below are by Fred C. Frey, III.
Jesus Blesses Little Children
Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples scolded the people. Jesus said to let the children come to him because the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these, and whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it. Then, he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them, and blessed them.
Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17
Jesus Receives Bread and Fish
Jesus went across Lake Galilee, and a large crowd followed him because they had seen his miracles of healing the sick. He asked one of his disciples where enough food could be bought to feed all those people. Another disciple, Andrew, said there was a boy there with fives loaves of barley bread and two fish, but that would not be enough for the crowd.
Jesus told the disciples to make the people sit down. There were about five thousand people. Jesus took the bread, gave thanks to God, and distributed it to the people. He did the same with the fish, and they all had as much as they wanted. The pieces left over filled twelve baskets.
Seeing this miracle, the people said that surely this was the Prophet who was to come into the world.
Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-14
Jesus Calls a Child
As Jesus and his disciples came to Capernaum, his disciples had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. Jesus said that whoever wants to be first must place himself last of all and the be the servant of all. Then he called a child to stand in front of them, and said that unless they changed and became like children, they would never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Tradition holds that this child was St. Ignatius, third Bishop of Antioch, and a martyr.
Matthew 18:1-6, Mark 9:33-37, Luke 9:46-48
Jesus Heals a Girl
Near the city of Tyre, a Gentile woman fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to drive a demon out of her daughter. Jesus said he should first help Jews, not Gentiles, but the woman reminded him that even the dogs under the table each the children’s crumbs, showing such faith that Jesus healed her daughter.
Jesus’ healing power was revealed, and extended to Gentiles as well as Jews. The words of the woman are used in the Eucharistic Prayer of Rite I in the Book of Common Prayer.
Matthew 15:21-28, Mark 7:24-30
Jesus Heals a Boy
A man in a crowd brought his son to Jesus because the boy had an evil spirit in him and could not talk. When the spirit attacked, it would throw the boy to the ground, he would foam at the mouth, grit his teeth and become rigid. Jesus told the father to bring the boy to him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it threw the boy into a convulsion. The father told Jesus this had happened ever since the boy was a small child and asked Jesus to have pity and help. Jesus replied that everything is possible for the person who has faith. The father wondered whether his faith was enough.
Jesus then commanded the evil spirit to come out of the boy and never return. The spirit screamed, threw the boy into a severe convulsion, and came out. Jesus took the boy by hand, helping him to stand.
This window and the “Jesus Heals a Girl” window are in the “healing corner.
Matthew 18:1-6, Mark 9:33-37, Luke 9:46-48
The windows are kept lit at night and can be viewed at the corner of Florida Street at Fourth.