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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Andrew Catholic Church

Studio Name: Frei (Emil), Inc.

City: Saginaw

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1912

Subject/Title of Window: Matrimony

Brief Description of Subject: From Faith in Stained Glass Saint Andrew Church booklet by Michael Bell, published August 15, 1976.
This is one of the windows of the apse. The apse, that is, the semi-circular area of the sanctuary which contains the altar, has been a usual feature of Christian churches since the first century. The first churches were usually converted Roman basilicas, buildings which were used for assembly halls or law courts. The place where the judge originally sat became the spot from which the priest came to preside over the Mass. In time the altar was moved from its central, free standing position and it was place against the back wall of the apse where it remained until the Second Vatican Council restored it to its original position. The apse of St. Andrew's is lit by nine small Gothic windows. Seven of them portray the seven sacraments; the first and last windows bear the "alpha" and the "omega", the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.

One of the Seven Sacraments: Matrimony. Christ upheld an idea of the sanctity of marriage by his proclamation, "What God has united, man must not divide" (Mark 10:10). The clasped hands are a very familiar depiction of the wedded state. The draped stole in Christian art also symbolizes heavenly protection. The depiction here may have been suggested by an old custom whereby the priest's stole was wrapped about the newlywed couples joined hands.

Symbolized by clasped hands draped with an ecclesiastical stole backed by purple.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 5' or 6'

Width: 2'

Type of Glass and Technique: Enamel Paint

Matrimony detail
Matrimony detail

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