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Window of the Month
Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Holy Name Church

City: Birmingham

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Subject/Title of Window: Crucifixion

Brief Description of Subject: This painting on glass is the only window preserved from the original 1922 Church which was demolished to make room for the present Church. It is now placed in the annex next to a large window so that it receives an abundance of sunlight.
The painting uses the information found in John 19:25 -27, that Jesus saw his mother and the Apostle John standing next to the cross. Both the Virgin Mary, in her traditional blue, and St. John, are pictured with a nimbus.
The inscription at the bottom of the window "Ecce Lignum Crucis" translates as "Behold the wood of the cross." This is the first verse from the antiphon for the Good Friday Veneration of the Cross which dates to the 7th Century. The first two verses are intoned by the priest or assistant, and the last by the choir:
Behold the wood of the cross
On which hung the salvation of the world
Come let us adore
The inscription on the painting is an invitation to "Come let us adore."

Inscriptions: Ecce Lignum Crucis

Height: 23"

Width: 7"


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