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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 Eucharist

Brief Description of Subject: This window, located in the ambulatory, consists of three scenes depicting symbols of the Eucharist.
Top Scene: A bunch of grapes and a wheat stalk. For use in the Eucharist, grapes are made into wine, and wheat is made into the Communion wafer.
Middle Scene: A basket of communion wafers and a fish. This alludes to the Miracle of the Loaves and Fish as found in Mark 6:30 -44. In theology this miracle is considered a prefiguring of the Eucahrist.
The scene as pictured was influenced by a famous mosaic in the 5th Century Catholic Church located in Tabgha. The Church was built on the site of Christ's blessing of the loaves and fish. The photo of that mosaic is from the Israel Tourism Consultants.
Bottom Scene: A Honeycomb. This symbol for the Eucahrist comes from a story found in the pseudepigraphical book "Joseph and Asenath". In Genesis 41:45, the pharaoh gives Joseph, one of the 12 sons of Jacob, a woman named Asenath to be his wife. She was the daughter of a priest of On. The problem is that Jewish law would have prohibited such a marriage as she was not Jewish. This book provided a story of her conversion to Judaism. In Chapter 16:1 - 17, God sent an angel to bring about her conversion. As part of this conversion, the angel has Asenath eat from a life giving honeycomb. When the angel traces a path on the honeycomb, it leaves a trail of blood in the shape of a cross. This incident is considered as prefiguring the Eucharist. 
This window was donated by Jacob and Caroline Stasiewicz.

Inscriptions: Jak. I Kar. Stasiewicz

Height: 5'

Width: 1'

The Eucharist
The Eucharist
Grapes and Wheat
Grapes and Wheat
Communion Wafers and a Fish
Communion Wafers and a Fish
Tabgha Mosaic
Tabgha Mosaic
A Honeycomb
A Honeycomb

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