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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Chapel of the Holy Trinity - Concordia University

Studio Name: Loire (Gabriel) Studios

City: Ann Arbor

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1964

Subject/Title of Window: Sacrament of Baptism

Brief Description of Subject: Located by the baptistry, this window depicts symbols for the Sacrament of Baptism --- The anchor cross and candles.
The anchor cross is one of the earliest of Christian symbols. It came to symbolize the hope in eternal life through faith in Christ. Hebrews 6:19 (NIV) "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure."
Three candles are used in the administering of the Sacrament of Baptism. The tall candle pictured on the bottom left is the Paschal Candle. As a candle overcomes darkness with light, the Paschal candle represents Christ's  Resurrection (light) overcoming his death on the cross (darkness). Its use in the baptismal ceremony comes from Romans 6:3 - 5 (NIV) "All of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death. We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." The Paschal candle will be used to light the candles that will be passed to the godparents --- symbolizing the passing of this faith in Christ to the one being baptized.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 42"

Width: 15"

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

Sacrament of Baptism
Sacrament of Baptism
Sacrament of Baptism outside
Sacrament of Baptism outside

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