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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Hyacinth Roman Catholic Church

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Subject/Title of Window: Clerestory Window St. Stanislaus Kostka and St. Casimir of Poland

Brief Description of Subject: There are six such four lancet windows in the clerestory of the nave, each featuring saints in the center lancets and bookended by lancets designed to let light into the Church.
Pictured in the left lancet's medallion are seven lampstands --- In Revelation 4:5, "Before the throne [in heaven], seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God." The seven spirits of God as found in Isaiah 11:2, the Spirit of --- the Lord, wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, knowledge, the fear of the Lord. This lancet was donated by Wojciech Kazmierczak.
Pictured in the center left lancet is St. Stanislaus Kostka (1550 - 1568). His father was a senator in the Kingdom of Poland. Stanislaus was brought up to be a diplomat but chose a different path. He devoted himself to prayer and CHASTITY. When he fell seriously ill in 1565, he had a vision that the Virgin Mary placed the CHRIST CHILD IN HIS ARMS and told him to become a Jesuit. When he became of age in 1568, he took his simple vows to become a JESUIT NOVITIATE. He died later that year. St. Stanislaus Kostka is costumed here as a Jesuit novitiate holding the Christ Child in his right arm and a stem of lilies (chastity) in his left. THis lancet was donated by Michael and Elizabeth Urban.
Pictured in the center right lancet is St. Casimir, Prince of Poland (1458 - 1484). He was born a PRINCE as his father was Casimir IV Jagellon, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania. In his short life, St Casimir was very HUMBLE and known for his CHASTITY and devotion to the Virgin Mary. He is buried at the Cathedral of Vilna where his tomb became a popular pilgrimage site. St. Casimir is pictured here in princely garb wearing a ducal cap. His right hand is on his heart (humility) and his left hand is holding a stem of lilies (chastity). This lancet was donated by Francis Konieczny.
Pictured in the right lancet's medallion is the monogram IHS --- these are the first three letters of the transliterated Greek word for Jesus, "IHSUS." This lancet was donated by Karol Srock.

Inscriptions: Wojciech Kazmierczak
Michal I Elzbieta Urban
Franciszek Konieczny
Karol Srock

Height: 6'

Width: 20'

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass

Clerestory Window St. Stanislaus Kostka and St. Casimir of Poland
Clerestory Window St. Stanislaus Kostka and St. Casimir of Poland
Seven Lampstands
Seven Lampstands
Seven Lampstands close-up
Seven Lampstands close-up
St. Stanislaus Kostka and St. Casimir of Poland
St. Stanislaus Kostka and St. Casimir of Poland

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