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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: Te Deum

Brief Description of Subject: This two lancet aisle window is located on the gospel 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.
The prayer, Te Deum, is usually dated to St. Ambrose's baptism of St. Augustine in 387 A.D. The original Te Deum begins with praises to God (Trinity), then Christian beliefs pertaining to Christ, and ends with supplications to Christ.
Left lancet starting at the top.
Triangle with Deus (God) in the center, and the beginning letters of: Pater (Father), Filius (Son), and Spiritus Sancti (Holy Spirit) --- the members of the Trinity. These symbolize the name of the prayer which is the starting verse, "We praise thee, O God."
Eye of God (God's presence everywhere and his Divine Providence) encircled by a snake biting its tail (eternity). These symbolize the verse, "All the earth doth worship Thee, the Father Everlasting."
Two stars (heaven), four angels, three orange and one green with two intersecting rings (eternity) in the center. These symbolize the verses, "To thee all angels cry aloud: the Heavens and all the powers therin.To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry, Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God of Sabaoth."
Right hand of God pointing up. This symbolizes the verse, "The Father of an infinite Majesty."
Scales with Chi Rho (Christ) on one pan, and the Ten Commandments on the other. These symbolize the verse, "We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge."
Right Lancet starting at the top.
Same top as the left lancet.
Crown, earth, sun, cross inside a crescent moon. These symbolize the verse, "Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ."
Cross and circle with 12 tongues of fire. These symbolize the verse, "The glorious company of the Apostles praise Thee."
Star of David in the middle of a cross. These symbolize the verse, "The godly fellowship of the Prophets praise Thee."
Chi Rho (Christ) upon a throne flanked by the Alpha and Omega (eternity). These symbolize the verse, "Thou sittest at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father."
Although the date is unknown, this window was in place by 1944.

Height: 11'

Width: 6'

Te Deum
Te Deum
The Trinity; Eye of God; Holy, Holy, Holy
The Trinity; Eye of God; Holy, Holy, Holy
Right Hand of God; Chi Rho, Ten Commandments
Right Hand of God; Chi Rho, Ten Commandments
The Trinity, King of Glory, Apostles Praise Thee
The Trinity, King of Glory, Apostles Praise Thee
Prophets Praise Thee, Chi Rho, Alpha and Omega
Prophets Praise Thee, Chi Rho, Alpha and Omega

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