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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Cathedral Abbey of St. Anthony, formerly St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church (closed 2006)

Studio Name: Tyrolese Art Glass Company

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1902

Subject/Title of Window: St. Boniface

Brief Description of Subject: Decorative medallion at top contains a radiant crown topped with three roses. This medallion is identical to the medallion in the St. Monica window that is located opposite this one in the transept.

St. Boniface (671 -754) was born in Anglo Saxon England and is known as one of the greatest missionaries of Germania. He was appointed BISHOP for Germania by Pope Gregory II. One of the more famous stories about Boniface relates how he used an AX to chop down the Oak Tree of Thor that had been considered sacred by pagans; when  their god Thor did no harm to him they converted to Christianity. While preaching in Friesland he was attacked and raised a Bible to defend himself however the thrust of the SWORD WENT THROUGH THE BOOK killing him.

St. Boniface is seen costumed as a Bishop complete with miter and crosier; in his right hand is a Bible with a sword through it, and at his feet is an ax.

The donor's name was inscribed at the bottom of the window. I contacted  people fluent in German and each came up with a slightly different translation into English. However they all agreed it was a men's charity or social welfare association.

Inscriptions: Gewidm(et) v(om) Manerzwieg des Wohlthatigkeits - Vereins

Height: ~86"

Width: 32"

St. Boniface
St. Boniface
Radiant Crown medallion
Radiant Crown medallion
St. Boniface close-up
St. Boniface close-up

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