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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: 4 (rounded or rose window)

Date of Window: 1951

Subject/Title of Window: Trinity, The Father

Brief Description of Subject: This rose window is located high up in the sanctuary. It is the second of three that together will illuminate the Trinity. This window pictures the Father symbolically.
In the center of this window is a right hand with the two outer fingers curled as giving a blessing. The hand is resting on a cross which is enclosed in a circle; this is a special halo called a "cruciform halo" that is reserved for a member of the Trinity. Above the hand is a cloud, a symbol of heaven.
There are many scriptural references of God as a right hand in the Old Testament. In the New Testament one is found in Acts 7:55 (NRSVCE) where Stephan "gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God." In Judaism, a human picture of God is strictly forbidden. Early Christianity continued this prohibition and it became standard to picture God the Father as a right hand usually, as here, giving a blessing.

Inscriptions: In Memory of Stanley Filip

Height: 3'

Width: 3'

Trinity, The Father
Trinity, The Father
Trinity, The Father close-up
Trinity, The Father close-up

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