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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: 5 (gothic arched, 2 vertical sections)

Date of Window: 1893

Subject/Title of Window: St. Lawrence Deacon and Martyr

Brief Description of Subject: Concept of window: Legend that St. Lawrence goes down to purgatory every Friday and brings back a soul to heaven. Description: St. Lawrence dressed as a deacon of Rome holds a book, a palm frond and a grill. A small angel appears above him holding flower branches. At his feet is an angel holding a chalice. Below that is purgatory with some suffering souls hoping St. Lawrence will return to heaven with them. Angels to the right in heaven. Symbols: book -- reminds us that St. Lawrence was in charge of the early written records of the Church (he is the patron saint of librarians); palm frond --- his triumph of the spiritual over the flesh; grill -- he was put to death by grilling; chalice -- legend that he used a chalice to tip the judgment scale of the archangel Michael to save the soul of the emperor; angel with flower branches represents the joy of heaven.

Inscriptions: Ofiarowal Bractwo Sw. Wawrzynca, Translation: Donated by the Confraternity of St. Lawrence

Condition of Window: Restored, 1979

Type of Glass and Technique: Silver Stain

St. Laurence the Martyr
St. Laurence the Martyr
St. Lawrence Deacon and Martyr
St. Lawrence Deacon and Martyr
St. Lawrence Window close-up
St. Lawrence Window close-up
St. Lawrence Window exterior
St. Lawrence Window exterior

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