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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Our Shepherd Lutheran Church

Studio Name: Hopfensperger Stained Glass and Sculpture Studios

City: Birmingham

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1984

Subject/Title of Window: Trinity

Brief Description of Subject: This window is only visible from the baptistry and chancel, and is made up of three rows of three panels. Originally the panes were clear glass, but for the Church's commemoration of 35 years of service, stained glass was installed. According to Nola Tutag in her book "Discovering Stained Glass in Detroit," the window is "composed of dalle-de-verre glass furnished by the Blenko Glass Company of Milton, West Virginia, and designed by Hopfensperger Architectural Art Studio, Midland."
The Church titled this window "Trinity." This is in keeping with their stated goal for their stained glass windows that "each window depict a particular part of our walk with God.
Located overlooking the baptistry, they chose Christ's baptism to illustrate the Trinity. Matthew 3:16-17: "And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens opened and he saw the HOLY SPIRIT like a dove, and lo, a voice [the FATHER] from heaven saying, 'This is my beloved SON, with whom I am well pleased' ." (RSV)
Also seen in this window are wheat stalks and grapes --- symbols for the Eucharist, and fish --- the first letters of the Greek words for "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior" spell out the Greek word for "fish."
The window was dedicated in loving memory of the deceased members from this Church.

Inscriptions: This Is My Beloved Son

Height: 41’

Width: 3’ x 3 panels

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

Trinity close-up
Trinity close-up
Trinity outside
Trinity outside

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