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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Albertus Church

Studio Name: Friederichs and Staffin

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1885

Subject/Title of Window: Pelican

Brief Description of Subject: Window designed to let light into the stairwell leading up to the choir loft.

The medallion at the top of this window contains the image of a Pelican on its nest pecking at its breast. An erroneous legend was that a mother Pelican would open a wound on its chest to feed its own blood to its young to save them from starvation. This belief led to the Pelican as a symbol of Christ as he shed his blood for our salvation.

The medallion at the bottom contains the name of the donor.

Inscriptions: Presented by the Right Rev. C.H. Borgess Bishop of Detroit

Height: ~8'

Width: 2'


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