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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: The Parables of The Lost Coin; The Lost Sheep; The Wise and Foolish Virgins

Brief Description of Subject: This Epistle side window consists of three medallions illuminating scenes from the parables of Christ, separated by geometric and floral designs. All quotes from the NKJV Bible.
Middle Medallion: The Parable of the Lost Sheep, Luke 15:1 - 7. Christ used this parable to explain to the Pharisees why he associates with sinners. "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? ... And when he comes home, he calls his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' I say to you likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than the ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance." This medallion illuminates the man bracing himself with a tree while using his crook to raise up the lost sheep. The artist has substituted Christ, the Good Shepherd, for the man in the parable.
Top Medallion: The Parable of the Lost Coin, Luke 15:8 - 10. This follows the previous parable in the Bible and continues Christ's reasoning for associating with sinners. "What woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece I lost!' Likewise I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." This medallion highlights the woman's celebration with her friends and neighbors.
Bottom Medallion: The Wise and Foolish Virgins, Matthew 25:1 - 13. Christ told this parable to his disciples when they asked him when he would return for the Last Judgement. "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five foolish. Those who were foolish took no oil with them, but the wise took oil with their lamps." When the bridegroom arrived at night, the five wise virgins were prepared for this and had oil to light his way. The wise virgins were let into the wedding banquet, and then the door was shut, denying entrance to the foolish virgins. "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming." This medallion illuminates the part where the wise virgins are lighting the way for the bridegroom.
Lexan protection for this window was installed in 1987 by the Continental Glass Company of Minnesota.

Condition of Window: good

Height: 10'

Width: 1'6"

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass

The Parables of The Lost Coin; The Lost Sheep; The Wise and Foolish Virgins
The Parables of The Lost Coin; The Lost Sheep; The Wise and Foolish Virgins
The Parable of The Lost Sheep
The Parable of The Lost Sheep
The Parable of The Lost Coin
The Parable of The Lost Coin
The Parable of The Wise and Foolish Virgins
The Parable of The Wise and Foolish Virgins

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