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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Andrew Catholic Church

Studio Name: Emil Frei Associates, Inc.

City: Saginaw

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1912

Subject/Title of Window: To Instruct the Ignorant

Brief Description of Subject: From Faith in Stained Glass Saint Andrew Church booklet by Michael Bell, published August 15, 1976.

To Instruct the Ignorant-Boniface. Boniface was sent from a monastery to work as a missionary in the area of Gaul (modern France) and Germany. He remained there for the rest of his life converting the various tribes of the region. He organized the infant church with a series of local councils which he convoked by his episcopal authority. Boiniface continued his work as Archbishop of Mainz until  his murder by several local chieftans. The window depicts Boniface in the vestments of a Bishop (although they are in a later style than the period in which he lived) standing beneath an oak tree. The oak tree was sacred to the Teutonic god, Donar (god of thunder). Boniface boldy and publicly chopped down this tree and is said to have won  many converts when it was realized that Donas could not even protect his own sanctuary. Boniface is the patron of Germany.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 15'

Width: 3'

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass

To Instruct the Ingnorant
To Instruct the Ingnorant

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