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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Mayflower Congregational Church

Studio Name: Omnibus Studios

City: Lansing

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1976

Subject/Title of Window: Ascension

Brief Description of Subject: Jesus raises his right hand in benediction and with his left hand reaches out to the three disciples clustered at his feet. This window was installed Aug. 4, 1976, and dedicated Sept. 19, 1976.  It was donated by Dorothea Fields, who was the choir director when this project was in progress, in honor of John and Dorothea Fields. It shows the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. After his Resurrection, Jesus spent forty days with the disciples teaching them and explaining to them his mission and the commission he would leave them. Then he led them from Jerusalem to Bethany. There, he gave them instructions to wait in the city for the coming of the Holy Spirit, blessed them, and ascended into Heaven. In this window, the artist shows Jesus, dressed in white (representing purity and holiness) with what appears to be a red stole around his neck (red represents the Holy Spirit whom Jesus promised would come). His right hand is raised in blessing or benediction with the thumb and first two fingers extended - what came to be the traditional sign of blessing in the Western Church. The fingers and thumb symbolize the Holy Trinity. With his left hand, Jesus reaches to the three disciples gathered near him in a gesture of comfort. The three disciples reach toward Jesus as if to hold onto him. Behind the Risen Christ is an arc of red-orange, gold, and yellow. The shape of the arc might remind us of the rainbow and God’s covenant with Noah, leading us to think of God’s New Covenant with humankind through Jesus Christ. The colors suggest the glory of Heaven into which Christ disappeared. Artists Richard Hanley and Mark Taleba. Installation by Omnibus Studios, Okemos, MI.

Inscriptions: LUKE 24:50

Condition of Window: Excellent

Height: 80"

Width: 45"

Type of Glass and Technique: Slab or Faceted Glass (Dalle de Verre)


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