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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: Ark of the Covenant

Brief Description of Subject: The Clerestory windows are designed to let light into the Church and all have the same design --- a wide border of stylized lilies and three medallions. The center medallion will contain a symbol for an avocation found in the Litany of Loreto. The avocation in this window is "Ark of the Covenant, Pray for us."

Pictured in the center medallion is the Ark of the Covenant as described in Exodus 25:10 - 16.

In Theology, the Ark of the Covenant is seen as the "type" of Mary, that is, the Old Testament Ark of the Covenant prefigures some aspect of the Virgin Mary found in ihe New Testament.

The contents of the Ark of the Covenant (Old Testament) as enumerated in Hebrews 9:4 were a golden pot of manna (bread from heaven), the budded rod of Aaron (God's selecting the first High Priest), and the Law (stone tablets of the 10 Commandments). In the New Testament these describe Christ ---- In John 6:51, Christ declares "I am the living bread which came from heaven,"in Hebrews 4:14, Christ is "a great High Priest that hath passed into heaven," and in Matthew 5:17, Christ said "Do not think that I am come to destroy the Law, ... I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." Thus for nine months, Mary's womb contained similar contents as that of the Ark of the Covenant.

Height: ~64"

Width: 36"

Ark of the Covenant, photo by Robert J. Scott
Ark of the Covenant, photo by Robert J. Scott
Ark of the Covenant, exterior
Ark of the Covenant, exterior

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