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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: Objects Used in the Church and for Special Devotions

Brief Description of Subject: All of the aisle 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 Church they are located in --- the transept uses a quatrefoil shape and the color of ruby.
The transept is on two levels. In the lower level is a chapel and the upper level a choir loft. The choir loft is constructed at an angle like a bleacher. This will cause variations in height and visibility of some of the windows.
The top portions of the window are not visible. This window extends to the lower level where the bottom two sections are visible.
Left lancet top to bottom.
Book: Many different books are used --- Bible, Book of Gospels, prayer books, missals, song books, pasalters, etc.
Crucifix: Required to be on, above, or close to the altar for the Sacrifice of the Mass. As a sacramental, commonly displayed in homes.
Right lancet top to bottom.
Censer: A sacred vessel, also known as a thurible, that is used to burn incense. Among other places, it can be used during a Mass, Vespers, and Benediction.
Rosary: The word comes from the Latin word for a rose garden or a garland of roses. The rosary is made up of beads. This word comes from the Middle English word "prayer." The prayers used in the rosary include the Apostles Creed (said while holding the crucifix), the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Little Doxology.
Although the exact date is unknown, this window was in place by 1944.

Height: 11'

Width: 6'

Objects Used in the Church and for Special Devotions
Objects Used in the Church and for Special Devotions
Book, Crucifix
Book, Crucifix
Censer, Rosary
Censer, Rosary
Objects Used in the Church and for Special Devotions outside
Objects Used in the Church and for Special Devotions outside

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