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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. John Lutheran Church

Studio Name: City Glass Specialty Inc. of Fort Wayne, Ind.

City: Rochester

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1982

Subject/Title of Window: The Baptism of Christ

Brief Description of Subject: This aisle window depicts the dove of the Holy Spirit descending upon the figure of Christ who is standing in the River Jordan. Standing next to Christ is John the Baptist, who, like Elijah (2Kings 1:8), is costumed in a garment made of camel hair (Mark 1:6). Also seen is the victorious lamb, which recalls John's words as Christ approaches Him --- "Look the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29). The "Lamb of God" in Judaism is the Passover lamb. 
In the ventilators is seen a fruited vine --- symbolizing those that believe in Christ (John15:4-6), and a seashell with three drops of water symbolizing the sacrament of Baptism --- a seashell can be used to pour water during Baptism, and the three drops of water refer to the Trinitarian words spoken by the minister "I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."  
The pen and ink sketch was submitted to the Church by the maker for final approval or any changes they may want before the construction of the window. The Church signed the sketch on 1/18/1982, an indication no changes needed.
The maker has signed the window at the bottom "City Glass Specialty 1980." This date is incorrect as the approval for the window occured in 1982.

Height: 10'

Width: 8’8”

The Baptism of Christ
The Baptism of Christ
The Baptism of Christ logo
The Baptism of Christ logo
The Baptism of Christ outside
The Baptism of Christ outside
The Baptism of Christ sketch
The Baptism of Christ sketch

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