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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel

Studio Name: Emil Frei Associates, Inc.

City: Livonia

Window Shape: 5 (gothic arched, 2 vertical sections)

Subject/Title of Window: Christ

Brief Description of Subject: This two lancet aisle window is located on the epistle side of the public seating section of the Chapel. All aisle windows and transept windows have the same basic pattern, two lancet windows, the top symbol in each lancet sets the topic for that lancet, and the four symbols below are each encased in a geometrical shape surrounded by grisaille glass. The border and filler color used, like the geometric shape, is unique to the section of the Chapel they are located in --- the public section uses an ovalish shape and the color of amber.
Left Lancet symbols starting at the top.
The Chi Rho --- first two letters in the Greek word for "Christ." Alpha and Omega --- Christ's words as found in Revelation 22:13, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end."
The Incarnation --- from Luke 1:35, "... the Holy Spirit [dove] will come upon you [lily symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary], and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child will be called holy, the Son of God."
Christ's words in John 8:11 ---"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness." Pictured here is the Chi Rho (Christ) within the flame (light).
Christ's words in John 10:9 --- I am the gate. Those who enter the sheep pen through me will be saved." Pictured here with a lamb by a gate with Chi Rho (Christ) standing in it.
Words from Ephesians 2:19 - 20, " the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus [Chi Rho] himself being the cornerstone."
Right Lancet symbols starting at the top
Top, the same as the left lancet.
Christ's words from John 10:11 --- "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." Pictured here with sheep on either side of the Chi Rho (Christ).
Christ' words from Revelation 2:10 --- "Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor's crown." Pictured here the Chi Rho (Christ), palm leaves (symbol for victory), and a crown (eternal life).
Christ's words from John 15:1 --- "I am the true vine." Pictured here is a grape vine entwined on the Chi Rho (Christ).
Christ's words in John 14:6 --- "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Pictured here are a cross (the way to eternal life), the bible (truth, the word of God), and the sun (symbol for life).

The date made is unknown, but the windows were in place in 1944.

Height: 11'

Width: 6'

Chi Rho, The Incarnation, I am the light of the world
Chi Rho, The Incarnation, I am the light of the world
I am the gate, the household of God
I am the gate, the household of God
Chi Rho, I am the good shepherd, Eternal Life
Chi Rho, I am the good shepherd, Eternal Life
I am the true vine, I am the way, the truth, and the life
I am the true vine, I am the way, the truth, and the life
Christ outside
Christ outside

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