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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church

Studio Name: Loire (Gabriel) Studios

City: Allen Park

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1968

Subject/Title of Window: St. Joseph Shrine, Flower of the Lily

Brief Description of Subject: This is the first of two windows located in the St. Joseph Shrine. Pictured is a stylized lily flower. The lily flower could symbolize several different attributes of Joseph --- his purity and as a just man.
Purity: A white lily as a symbol of purity predates Christianity. It can be found in both Greek and Roman Mythology. Joseph's attribute of purity comes from Matthew 1:24 - 25, "he took his wife, but knew her not until she had borne a son." (RSVCE).
Just Man: A lily as a symbol for Joseph as a just man is found in the "First Vespers, Vigil of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary." Based loosely on Hosea 14:5 and referring to Joseph,, "The just man shall blossom like the lily. He shall flourish for ever in the courts of God." Joseph is described as a just man in Matthew 1:19, "And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to send her away quietly." (RSVCE).

Height: 93"

Width: 31"

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

St. Joseph Shrine, Flower of the Lily
St. Joseph Shrine, Flower of the Lily
St. Joseph Shrine, Flower of the Lily outside
St. Joseph Shrine, Flower of the Lily outside

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