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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Our Shepherd Lutheran Church

Studio Name: Loire (Gabriel) Studios

City: Birmingham

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1969

Subject/Title of Window: Sacrament of Holy Baptism

Brief Description of Subject: First in a group of seven four paneled windows, designed by Gabriel Loire, positioned along the eastern wall of the nave. According to this Church, "each window depicts a particular part of our walk with God." The Church has titled this window "Sacrament of Holy Baptism."

A font is pictured with streams of holy water pouring into it. Overlapping the font is an anchor cross. Our Shepherd Lutheran Church intended these to "remind us that with the water, the faith that trusts the Word of God, we become children of God. Baptism is the seal of the Covenant. It anchors us in our faith."

Also seen:
Just to the right of the font is a lit candle. During the baptismal ceremony, a candle is lit, symbolizing the "light of faith" is now instilled in the baptized --- having gone from darkness to light..

Above the font is a dove seen with a nimbus. While Christ was being baptized, "the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form of a dove" (Luke 3:11). In Baptism you receive the Holy Spirit.

This window was donated in loving memory of Anne Hipke by her family.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 7’3”

Width: 12’ 8”

Type of Glass and Technique: Slab or Faceted Glass (Dalle de Verre)

Sacrament of Holy Baptism
Sacrament of Holy Baptism
Sacrament of Holy Baptism close-up
Sacrament of Holy Baptism close-up
Sacrament of Holy Baptism outside
Sacrament of Holy Baptism outside
Sacrament of Holy Baptism Loire Studio sketch
Sacrament of Holy Baptism Loire Studio sketch

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