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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: Zettler (F. X.) Studios

City: Livonia

Window Shape: 6 (gothic arched, more than 2 vertical sections)

Date of Window: 1961

Subject/Title of Window: Apostles Bartholomew, Andrew, And Philip

Brief Description of Subject: This window is located in the sanctuary. In 1961 the sanctuary was redesigned. The artistic designer for this project was Lelio De Ranieri, who had his studio in Detroit. He specialized in ecclesiastical designs. As part of this redesign, he had the four windows in the cupola replaced with stained glass featuring the Apostles, three to a window. These windows of his design were executed by F. X. Zettler, Munich.
Views of this window are hindered by the baldachin. At one time you could get a good view of this window from the choir loft in the transept but this area is now off limits.
Note all the predellas have a solid red circle in the center.
St. Bartholomew: Pictured with a book (preached the Word of God), and a flaying knife (he was martyred by being flayed alive).
Predella: Seen here are a book (preached in India and left behind a copy of the Gospel of Matthew), a palm leaf (a martyr), and an unidentified object at the base of the book.
St. Andrew: Pictured holding a book (preached the Word of God). In his right hand, holding an arm of an "X" shaped cross. The other arm is seen at his feet and over his right shoulder. An "X" shaped cross is called a St. Andrew's Cross as he was martyred on one.
Predella: Seen here a basket with five loaves of bread and two fish. These come from Andrew's words at the Multiplication of the Loaves as recorded in John 6:9, "There is a boy here who has five loaves and two fish; but what are these for so many."
St. Philip: He is pictured here holding a book and a walking stick --- symbols for a missionary.
Predella: Seen here a cross and a snake. Most likely from the legend that St. Philip went to Hierapolis to preach. Upon arriving, he found the people worshiping a large snake. Through prayer, he killed the serpent and converted many to Christianity. For this he was arrested and crucified. Unidentified heart and star.
At the bottom of the Bartholomew lancet are inscribed the names of the designer, De Ranieri, and the maker, F.X. Zettler.
In the outside view, this is the window on the right.

Inscriptions: ST. BARTHOLOMEW

Height: 9'

Width: 7'

Apostles Bartholomew, Andrew, And Philip
Apostles Bartholomew, Andrew, And Philip
St. Bartholomew
St. Bartholomew
St. Andrew
St. Andrew
St. Philip
St. Philip
Apostles James Minor, Matthias, and Thomas are on the left. Apostles Bartholomew, Andrew, And Philip are on the right.
Apostles James Minor, Matthias, and Thomas are on the left. Apostles Bartholomew, Andrew, And Philip are on the right.

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