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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Sweetest Heart of Mary Church

Studio Name: Detroit Stained Glass Works, The

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 6 (gothic arched, over 2 vertical sections)

Date of Window: 1893

Subject/Title of Window: St. Valentine

Brief Description of Subject: Concept: Legend that St Valentine (patron saint of epilepsy) cured the son of a famous Roman orator of epilepsy. (Epileptic fits were thought to be caused by the devil). Description of window: Roman building in background. A family, hoping for a miracle, is presenting their son to St. Valentine. St. Valentine dressed as a priest has one hand extended to the epileptic son and the other is holding a book (word of God). The devil is standing to the left of the family. Others waiting with children are looking on. This window was attributed to Friederichs and Staffin, but some doubts have arisen that it might be Wells Glass Company of Chicago. This window was re-photographed by Michael Surdyk.

Inscriptions: Sw. Walenty módl sie za nami! Translation: St. Valentine pray for us.
Ofiarowalo Bractwo Sw. Walentego. Translation: Donated by the Confraternity of St. Valentine


Condition of Window: Restored, 1979

Height: 60’

Width: 30’

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Enamel Paint, Silver Stain

St. Valentine
St. Valentine
St. Valentine
St. Valentine
St. Valentine window, close-up
St. Valentine window, close-up
St. Valentine window, banner
St. Valentine window, banner
St. Valentine window from the exterior of the church
St. Valentine window from the exterior of the church

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