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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. John Armenian Church

Studio Name: Loire (Gabriel) Studios

City: Southfield

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1966

Subject/Title of Window: Saint James the son of Zebedee

Brief Description of Subject: Overall description of the dome windows provided by the architect:
"Your eyes are drawn upwards to the center disk at the top of the domed ceiling, seventy-two feet above the floor. From this central disk, sixteen arched windows, each glazed with faceted glass, portray saints important to the Armenian Church --- thirteen apostles [includes Saint Paul] and three Armenian saints."
Saint James the Son of Zebedee, also known as James the Greater, is  portrayed with the attributes of a pilgrim --- a staff and a medieval pilgrim's scrip.
Tradition has James preaching on the Iberian Peninsula. Although he was martyred in Jerusalem, his body was brought back to what is now Spain. Eventually the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela was built to house his remains. This soon became, and still is, a major pilgrimage site --- hence his portrayal as a pilgrim.

Height: 8'

Width: 2'

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

Saint James the Son of Zebedee
Saint James the Son of Zebedee
Saint James the Son of Zebedee outside
Saint James the Son of Zebedee outside

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