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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: 1964

Subject/Title of Window: The Parables of The Mustard Seed; The Rich Fool; The Friend at Midnight

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.
Top Medallion: The Parable of the Mustard Seed, Matthew 13: 31 - 32. "Another parable He put forth to them saying: 'The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which is the least of all seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree so that the birds in the air come to nest in branches.' "
Middle Medallion:The Parable of the Rich Fool; Luke 12:13 - 21. The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully." Having no room to store his crops, he tore down his barn and built a bigger one. And now having enough money he thought he would live the easy life, eat, drink, and be merry. "But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you provided." This window illuminates this parable with a man eating and drinking, money bags at his feet, and a big red barn in the background. To the right of his head is a right hand, the symbol for God, refers here to God's speaking to the rich man.
Bottom Medallion: A Friend Comes at Midnight, Luke 11:5 - 13. This parable immediately follows Christ's introduction of the Lord's Prayer, which contains the supplication, "Give us this day our daily bread.' In this parable Christ asks the disciples, "Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight, and say to him, 'Friend, give me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him.' " What if he answers, "Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are in bed with me." He is a friend, be persistent and he will open the door and give you what you need. This parable is Christ's way of telling you to be persistent in your prayers to God. The window illuminates the part of the parable where the friend comes to the door with three loaves for his friend who is knocking on the door.
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 Mustard Seed; Rich Fool; Friend at Midnight
The Parables of The Mustard Seed; Rich Fool; Friend at Midnight
The Parable of The Mustard Seed
The Parable of The Mustard Seed
The Parable of The Rich Fool
The Parable of The Rich Fool
The Parable of The Friend at Midnight
The Parable of The Friend at Midnight

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