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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: New City Presbyterian Church (formerly Drayton Avenue Presbyterian Church)

Studio Name: Willet Hauser Architectural Glass

City: Ferndale

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1961

Subject/Title of Window: Isaiah Called to be a Prophet; Annunciation; Nativity; Flight Into Egypt

Brief Description of Subject: This two lancet gospel side window consists of four scenes from the Gospels separated by geometrical and floral decorations. All quotes from the NKJV Bible.
Top Left Scene: Isaiah Called to be a Prophet as found in Isaiah 6:1 - 8. The Hebrews believed if you saw the Lord or even as much as an image of the Lord you were doomed. Isaiah had a vision --- "I saw the Lord sitting on a throne ... above it stood seraphim ... and one cried out 'Holy Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts.' ... I said: Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips ... For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.' Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with tongues from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it: 'Behold this has touched your lips; your iniquity has been taken away, and your sin purged.' Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying: 'Whom shall I send, And who will go for us?' Then I said, Here I am! Send me.' "
Bottom Left Scene: The Annunciation as found in Luke 1:26 - 38. An angel of the Lord, holding a white lily ( the symbol of purity), appears to Mary and tells her, "You have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.
Top Right Scene: The nativity as found in Luke 2:1 - 4. Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem as a Census was being taken and they were required to return to the place of Joseph's birth. "So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her first born Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room  for them in the inn." Filling in this scene are the Star of Bethlehem (Matthew 2:2), an ox and donkey (Isaiah 1:2 - 3), Joseph holding a lily (symbol of chastity), an unspotted lamb (John 1:29 the Lamb of God), and most likely at the bottom, passion flowers (Passion of Jesus). Jesus is encased in a mandorla (symbol of his majesty), and on his head, a cruciform nimbus (redemption through the cross).
Bottom Right Scene: The Flight Into Egypt as found in Matthew 2:13 - 14. When Herod heard that the King of the Jews was born in Bethlehem, he made plans to have Him killed. "An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream saying, 'Arise take the young Child and his mother, flee to Egypt ... for Herod will seek the young child to destroy Him.' When he arose, he took the Child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt."
Lexan protection for this window was installed in 1989 by the Shenandoah Studios of Stained Glass, Inc. of Front Royal, VA.

Condition of Window: good

Height: 10'

Width: 3'6"

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass

Isaiah Called to be a Prophet; Annunciation; Nativity; Flight Into Egypt
Isaiah Called to be a Prophet; Annunciation; Nativity; Flight Into Egypt
Isaiah Called to be a Prophet
Isaiah Called to be a Prophet
Flight Into Egypt
Flight Into Egypt

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