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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: Mary Meets Christ Carrying Cross/Pieta/Burial of Christ

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 depicting scenes from the Via Crucis.

Top Medallion --- "Mary meets Christ Carrying the Cross" is the 4th Station of the Cross. Rather unusual that Christ is pictured as an elderly man. The Virgin Mary, as here, is almost always pictured as a young woman. Most likely the man behind Christ is Simon of Cyrene who will be compelled to help Jesus carry the cross.

Middle Medallion --- The "Pieta". The Virgin Mary holding her son Jesus after he was taken down from the cross is part of the 13th Station of the Cross also known as the "Lamentation of Christ". The skull under the scene is the skull of Adam. Adam ate forbidden fruit and with his expulsion from the Garden of Eden came the loss of everlasting life. With Christ's triumph over death, we now have the hope of everlasting life.

Bottom Medallion --- ""Burial of Christ" is the 14th Station of the Cross and is covered in all four Gospels however they disagree on who was actually present. Artists have had a tradition of adding people they wanted in the picture. The one person they all agreed on was Joseph of Arimathea. Seen in this rendition l. to r. John the Evangelist, Virgin Mary, Nicodemus, and Joseph of Arimathea.

Height: ~108"

Width: 36"

Mary Meets Christ Carrying Cross/Pieta/Burial of Christ
Mary Meets Christ Carrying Cross/Pieta/Burial of Christ
Mary Meets Christ Carrying Cross
Mary Meets Christ Carrying Cross
Burial of Christ
Burial of Christ

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