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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Mary's of Redford Church

City: Redford

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Subject/Title of Window: No Room at the Inn/Flight to Egypt/Presentation

Brief Description of Subject: This window is one of two windows in the side altar dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It features three medallions each picturing an event in the life of Mary.

Top Medallion --- I believe this is the scene depicting Mary and Joseph trying to get lodging on their trip to Bethlehem for a census. It is from Luke 2:7 that Christ was born in a stable "Because there was no room at the inn". Joseph and the Virgin Mary are seen inquiring if there is any room available.

Middle Medallion --- The Flight to Egypt is covered in Matt.2:14-15. After the wise men have left, an angel had appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that he should flee to Egypt to avoid having their child killed by Herod, "so he got up, took the child and mother by night, and departed to Egypt".

Bottom Medallion --- The Presentation in the Temple is covered in Luke 2:22-38. In Jewish law, God claims the first born male for sparing them in the first Passover. To redeem their child from God, parents had to come to the temple with their son and make an offering. When Joseph and Mary presented their child in the temple, there was a man named Simeon who had been promised by God that he would not die until he saw the Messiah. Upon seeing the child SIMEON TOOK HIM IN HIS ARMS and proclaimed "Now let your servant die in peace". In Joseph's hand is seen a cage holding the offering -- a pair of doves. A seven branched menorah, used in the Temple, is visible behind Simeon's shoulder.

Height: ~108"

Width: 36"

No Room at the Inn/Flight to Egypt/Presentation
No Room at the Inn/Flight to Egypt/Presentation
No Room at the Inn
No Room at the Inn
Flight to Egypt
Flight to Egypt

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