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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: Praise the Lord

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.
This window is located in the choir loft of the west transept.This area is no longer accessible as it connects with the wing that was once used for the management of the Felician Sisters of North America. It has been abandoned and is off limits. Pictures are taken from below so that the bottom two sections of this window are blocked from view.
Left lancet top to bottom. 
Palm Sunday: As Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, the expectant crowd placed palms in his path and praised him shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord" (John 12:13). This is illuminated here with palms and a cross (Jesus).
Quotes from Psalm 150.
Lyre: "Praise him [the Lord] with strings."
Choirs and Music: "Praise him with choirs ... Let every spirit praise the Lord! Alleluia." Pictured here is Gregorian Chant sheet music for the choir and the inscription "Alleluia."  The Latin word "Alleluia" translates to "Praise the Lord."
The right lancet top to bottom.
The top is the same as the one in the left lancet, "Palm Sunday."
Quotes from Psalm 150.
Trumpet: "Praise him [the Lord] with the sound of the trumpet."
Cymbals: Praise the Lord with the sound of cymbals. Praise him with cymbals of joy."
Although the exact date is unknown, this window was in place by 1944.

Height: 11'

Width: 6'

Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord
Palm Sunday, Lyre
Palm Sunday, Lyre
Choirs and Music
Choirs and Music
Palm Sunday, Trumpet
Palm Sunday, Trumpet

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