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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Our Lady Queen of Apostles Catholic Church

Studio Name: Willet Hauser Architectural Glass

City: Hamtramck

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1951

Subject/Title of Window: The Parable of the Great Dinner and The Laborers in the Vineyard

Brief Description of Subject: The aisle windows illuminate Christ's words from the Gospels. This aisle window is located on the south side. All quotes are from the NRSVCE bible.
Top Scene: The Parable of the Great Dinner. Luke 14:16 - 24. Illuminated sentences in capitals.
Jesus had gone to eat at the house of a prominent Pharisee. One of the guests said to Jesus, "Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!" Jesus replied:
"Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. At the time of the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for everything is ready now.' " However, all of them came up with excuses not to attend. "Then the owner of the house became angry and said to the slave, 'Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and BRING IN THE POOR, THE CRIPLED, THE BLIND, AND THE LAME.' And the slave said, 'Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.' Then the master said to the slave, 'GO OUT INTO THE ROADS AND LANES, AND COMPEL PEOPLE TO COME IN, SO MY HOUSE MAY BE FILLED. FOR I TELL YOU, 'NONE OF THOSE WHO WERE INVITED WILL TASTE MY DINNER.'"
Bottom Scene: The Laborers in the Vineyard. Matthew 20:1 - 16
What prompted this parable was Peter's question to Jesus, "We have given up everything to follow you, what then will be our reward in heaven." It would seem his reward in heaven would be greater than those who came to believe in Jesus later in life.
"The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' So they went.'" This is repeated at noon, then at three o'clock, and at five oclock. "When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to the manager, 'Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with last and then going to the first.' When those hired about five o'clock came, each of them received the usual wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, 'These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorched heat.' But he replied to one of them. 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong, did you not agree with me for the usual wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?' So the last will be first and the first will be last." 
This window was donated by Joseph and Victoria Widzinski.

Inscriptions: Josef I Wiktoria Widzinski
LK.14:16 - 24
MT. 20:1 - 16

Height: 72"

Width: 17"

The Parable of the Great Dinner and The Laborers in the Vineyard
The Parable of the Great Dinner and The Laborers in the Vineyard
The Parable of the Great Dinner
The Parable of the Great Dinner
The Laborers in the Vineyard
The Laborers in the Vineyard

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