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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 Parable of the Prodigal Son

Brief Description of Subject: This epistle side window consists of three medallions separated by geometric and floral decorations. Each medallion illuminates a scene from the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The Parable is covered in Luke 15:11 - 32. All quotes from the NKJV Bible.
Jesus told this parable to the Pharisees and the scribes who complained that Jesus received sinners and ate with them. In this parable, the youngest son is the sinner, the eldest son are the Pharisees and scribes, and the Father is Christ. Note in the bottom medallion the artist has pictured the Father as Christ with his cruciform halo.
Top Medallion: A man had two sons. The younger one asked his father for his inheritance now, and the father gave him his share.
Middle medallion: The son took his inheritance and went to a far away country where he wasted it away. When a famine arose in the land he was in want and got a job feeding the pigs. Realizing his father's servants were better off than he was, he decided to go back home and beg his father to let him work as a servant.
Bottom Medallion: The son returned home. "When he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And his son said to him, 'Father I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' " After hearing this, he told his servants to prepare a great celebration for the return of his lost son. His older son was in the field and when he drew near the house he heard the celebration for his brother's return. He was furious, and complained that he was faithful all these years and never received such a celebration. The father said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' "
Lexan protection for this window was installed in1989 by the Shenandoah Studios of Stained Glass inc. of Front Royal, VA.

Condition of Window: good

Height: 10'

Width: 1'6"

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass

The Parable of the Prodigal Son
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
A Man Had Two Sons
A Man Had Two Sons
The Son Left Home
The Son Left Home
The Son Returns Home
The Son Returns Home

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