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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Mary's of Redford Church

Studio Name: Connick (Charles J.), Ltd.

City: Redford

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1926

Subject/Title of Window: Mary's Coronation/Crucifixion/Finding in the Temple

Brief Description of Subject: This is the 5th in a series of 5 windows depicting the Mysteries of the Rosary. Concerning this series of windows, a quote from the American Bible Society for their exhibition in 2002 called "Reflections on Glass: 20th Century Stained Glass in American Art and Architecture." "When Charles Connick was especially pleased with a work, he would have the studio make a selected portion of the Window to have as a portable record and to be used for exhibitions that the studio organized to educate people about stained glass." Charles Connick chose the medallion on the "Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary" from this series to duplicate. It is now part of the Boston Public Library's Connick Collection.

The "Coronation of the Blessed Virgin" is the 5th Glorious Mystery of the Rosary. The coronation is not directly covered in Scriptures rather it is based on the Virgin Mary being the woman wearing a "crown of 12 stars" in Rev.12:1. This window shows Mary, surrounded by 12 stars, crowned in heaven by Christ with an audience of angels looking on. Above the figures is the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove radiating its light upon the scene.

The "Crucifixion" is the 5th Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary. The scene is called "Stabat Mater" as the Virgin Mary is standing by the cross. John the Evangelist, seen with attributes of a quill pen and book, is standing to the left of Jesus.

The "Finding in the Temple" is the 5th Joyous Mystery of the Rosary and is covered in Luke 2:41-52. Christ had gone missing and his parents finally found Him in the Temple amazing the Biblical scholars with his knowledge. The Virgin Mary seems serenely joyous on finding her son while Joseph, with flowering staff (chosen by God), seems relieved. Above Christ's head is the Hebrew word for "God" inside a triangle (Trinity).

Outside the medallions are found Christian symbols encased in a square, triangle or roundel. The border is made up of a floral pattern of lilies and roses -- flowers that are associated with the Virgin Mary.

The makers signatures appears at the bottom right of the window.

Inscriptions: The Thomas and Mary Jane McErlane Memorial

Height: ~150"

Width: 45"

Coronation of the Blessed Virgin/Crucifixion/Finding in the Temple
Coronation of the Blessed Virgin/Crucifixion/Finding in the Temple
Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, close-up
Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, close-up
Crucifixion, close-up
Crucifixion, close-up
Finding in the Temple, close-up
Finding in the Temple, close-up

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