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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 Sahag

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 Sahag is portrayed with the attribute of a scroll --- the symbol of wisdom. He is given this attribute as a "Holy Translator."
Description of Holy Translators by the Armenian Church, Eastern Diocese of America: "Endowed with rare qualities of imagination and vision, the Holy Translators helped to forge a national identity for the Armenian people --- using simple words and humble faith as their primary tools. Immediately after the discovery of the alphabet by St. Mesrob, the Holy Translators worked to translate the Bible into Armenian. The first words written in the Armenian language were from the Book of Proverbs: 'To know wisdom and instruction; to preserve the words of understanding' (Proverbs 1:2)."

Height: 8'

Width: 2'

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

St. Sahag
St. Sahag
St. Sahag outside
St. Sahag outside

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