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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: Assumption/Carrying the Cross/Presentation in the Temple

Brief Description of Subject: This is the 4th in a series of 5 windows depicting the Mysteries of the Rosary.

The "Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven" is the 4th Glorious Mystery of the Rosary. Although the Assumption is not directly covered in Scriptures, it is based on the Virgin Mary being the woman in heaven clothed with the sun in Rev. 12:1. Mary is seen here bathed with the sun with angels gently lifting her up to heaven.

"Carrying the Cross" is the 4th Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary. The artist has chosen to depict it based on the 4th Station of the Cross -- "Christ Meets his Mother". The figure standing behind Mary is most likely Simon of Cyrene as the next Station of the Cross finds him assisting Christ in carrying the cross.

The "Presentation in the Temple" is the 4th Joyous Mystery of the Rosary and is covered in Luke 2:22-40 "When the time came for purification rites by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, 'Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord') and to offer a sacrifice in keeping what is said in the law of the Lord: 'a pair of doves or two young pigeons.'" A man named Simeon was also present. He had been promised by God that he would not die until he saw the Messiah. "When the parents brought the child Jesus to do him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying 'Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation.'" This medallion shows the Virgin Mary about to let Simeon take Jesus in his arms. Joseph with staff is looking on, a pair of doves at his feet. A menorah, located in the arch behind Mary's head, indicates that this is taking place in the Temple.

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

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

Inscriptions: The Agnes Jarvis Memorial MDCCCCX - MDCCCCXXV

Height: ~150"

Width: 45"

Assumption/Carrying the Cross/Presentation in the Temple
Assumption/Carrying the Cross/Presentation in the Temple
Carrying the Cross
Carrying the Cross
Presentation in the Temple
Presentation in the Temple

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