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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: First United Methodist Church of Northville

City: Northville

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1955

Subject/Title of Window: Matthew/Hand of Christ/Mark

Brief Description of Subject: This stained glass window, arched with three medallions, is set in a transparent window along the south side of the Church. It was transferred to its current location from the old First Methodist Church of Northville in 1977, and installed by Charlie George, of the Church.

In Revelation 4:5 - 8, four winged creatures surround Christ in his majesty. One has a face of a human, another the face of an ox, another a face of a lion and the last, a face of an eagle. In the second century, these were matched with the four Gospel writers.

Top Medallion: Matthew. The winged creature pictured with the face of a human, symbolizes Matthew, as his Gospel begins with the genealogy of Christ, his human side.

Center Medallion: Hand of Christ. The "hand" in Christian art is used to Symbolize God the Father (Manus Dei) or Christ (Manus Christi). In this case, the tri-radiant nimbus indicates Christ. In this gesture the three fingers pointing up symbolizes the Trinity and the two fingers pointing down, the dual nature of Christ, divine and human.

Bottom Medallion: Mark. The winged creature pictured with the face of a lion, symbolizes Mark, as his Gospel begins with the discription of John the Baptist as "a voice crying in the wilderness," --- which sounds like the roar of a lion.

According to Church records, this window was dedicated in 1955 to the memory of Mrs. Minnie M. Cameron, Mr. William H. Cansfield, The Filkins Family, Pfc. Edwin E. King and Mrs. Huldah T. Stalter.

Height: 5 ft

Width: 3 ft

Matthew/Hand of Christ/Mark
Matthew/Hand of Christ/Mark
Hand of Christ
Hand of Christ

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