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Building Name: Church of the Divine Child

Studio Name: Willet Hauser Architectural Glass

City: Dearborn

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Subject/Title of Window: Eucharist 6-Sanctuary

Brief Description of Subject: This is the sixth of 9 such sanctuary windows symbolically depicting the Eucharist.

Seen in this window are two of the most common symbols for the Eucharist, a grape vine and a Tau-Rho cross, also seen is what I believe to be a "Eucharistic Dove". In the early years of the Catholic Church a vessel called a "pyx" was suspended above the altar to hold consecrated wafers that would be used by the priest to take on sick calls. Since it hung down it evoked the idea of a descending dove (Holy Spirit); in some areas the vessel would actually be made in the shape of a dove and it became known as a "Eucharistic Dove".

The window was conceived by a master stained glass designer, Marguirite Gaudin of Willet Hauser Architectural Glass.

Comments from "Our Stained Glass Windows" c. 1970 " focusing our attention on the north and south walls of the sanctuary, we raise our eyes to the small square windows. These delightful little gems bearing in themselves the symbols of the Blessed Sacrament. A different symbol is designed in each little window, beautifully executed and sparkling with life."

Height: 24"

Width: 24"

Eucharist 6-Sanctuary
Eucharist 6-Sanctuary
Eucharist 6-Sanctuary, Willet Studio sketch
Eucharist 6-Sanctuary, Willet Studio sketch

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