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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: Sacred Heart Shrine, Monstrance

Brief Description of Subject: This is one of two windows in the Sacred Heart Shrine, both of which symbolically reference the Holy Hour of Reparations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It should be noted that St. Frances Cabrini had an abiding faith in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart dates to early Christianity, however it was revelations to St. Margaret Alacoque (1647 - 1690) of Jesus' desire for a new devotion to his Sacred Heart that spurred its popularity and spread around the world.
In her autobiography, St. Alacoque relates that Jesus revealed to her that this new devotion was to "make reparations for the ingratitude of men. SPEND AN HOUR IN PRAYER to appease Divine justice, to implore mercy for sinners, to honor Me, to console Me for My bitter suffering when abandoned by my Apostles, when they did not WATCH ONE HOUR WITH ME." Jesus is referring to the incident in Gethsemane covered in Matthew 26, selected quotes (RSCVE) --- Verse 38, "Then he said to them, 'My soul is very sorrowful, even to death, remain here, and watch with me.'' Verse 40, "He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, 'So, could you not watch with me one hour? '"
Participants in the Holy Hour of Reparations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus are acting on the words of Christ to "Watch one hour with me" and "Spend an hour in Prayer."
This window depicts a "monstrance." It is a sacred vessel for displaying a consecrated host. The most common design, as here, features a base for holding or carrying the monstrance, and a crystal or glass container in which the Eucharist is placed and secured by a lunette and surrounded by a sunburst pattern.  
At the start of the Holy Hour devotion to the Sacred Heart, the priest will place the monstrance on the altar for viewing of the Eucharistic host --- the body of Christ. Thus the participants are honoring Christ's words to "Watch with me one hour."

Height: 93"

Width: 31"

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

Sacred Heart Shrine, Monstrance
Sacred Heart Shrine, Monstrance
Sacred Heart Shrine, Monstrance outside
Sacred Heart Shrine, Monstrance outside

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