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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: Gospels

Brief Description of Subject: Third 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 part of our walk with God."
The Church titled this window "Gospel's"
God's light is seen shining down on four crosses next to the names of the four Gospels.
Church interpretation: "The window depicts the four Gospels which contain the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, God's dear son."
Drafts of this window by Gabriel Loire, including one in water color, indicate the original idea was to use the common symbols for the Gospel writers --- John winged eagle, Matthew winged human, Luke winged ox, and Mark winged lion. Possible reason for the late change --- it made more sense to have the window refer to the Gospel rather than the writer of the Gospel as the stated goal of the windows was to depict part of our walk with God.
This window was donated in loving memory of George Van Norman by Jean Van Norman, family, and friends.

Inscriptions: John

Height: 7’3”

Width: 12’ 8”

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

Gospels close-up
Gospels close-up
Gospels outside
Gospels outside
Gospels, Loire Studio sketch
Gospels, Loire Studio sketch
Gospels, Loire Studio sketch
Gospels, Loire Studio sketch

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