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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Holy Name Church

Studio Name: Detroit Stained Glass Works, The

City: Birmingham

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1955

Subject/Title of Window: St. Jerome

Brief Description of Subject: This is one of six aisle windows that portray Doctors of the Church. 
St. Jerome (c.340 - 420), one of the four Great Latin Fathers, was an ascetic and biblical scholar writing over a 100 letters and many books. He is best known today for translating the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate). 
His attributes seen here:
Dressed in the simple garb of an ascetic.
A discarded Cardinal's hat. The 13th Century book "The Golden Legend" has the 29 year old Jerome ordained a Cardinal in Rome. Although the rank of Cardinal did not exist at this time, in the world of iconography this became his main attribute. The discarded hat is a sign of his humility.
At the top, an open book with symbols of Christ as God. This refers to his writings and translation of the Bible.
At the bottom, a crucifix. This comes from  the story in "The Golden Legend" that Jerome spent four years in the desert "suffering for Christ." In paintings this is depicted by Jerome beating his breast with a stone and staring at a crucifix.

This window was designed by Margaret Bouchez Cavanaugh when she worked at the Detroit Stained Glass Works.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 112"

Width: 34"

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass

St. Jerome
St. Jerome
St. Jerome close-up
St. Jerome close-up
St. Jerome outside
St. Jerome outside

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