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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: First United Methodist Church

Studio Name: Willet Hauser Architectural Glass

City: Birmingham

Window Shape: 5 (gothic arched, 2 vertical sections)

Date of Window: 1958

Subject/Title of Window: Christ in the Workaday World

Brief Description of Subject: The following description for this aisle window from the book, "The Windows and Symbols of First Methodist Church Birmingham, Mich. edited by Dr. Arnold F. Runkel and privately published by the Church for its members in 1966.


The left lancet pictures Christ as He calls the fishermen James and John to become His disciples. 'Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.' (MATTHEW 4:19) James and John are shown walking away from their nets and fish to follow Christ. Around the head of the Master is the Christus Nimbus.

Beneath this, in the left predella, is the call of Matthew. Upon hearing Christ, Matthew rises up immediately from counting the tax money he has collected and hastens to accompany Him. In his hurry the money bag is overturned, and the gold pours onto the floor.

The right lancet recalls two incidents from the childhood of Christ. A lad of 12 years, He is surrounded by doctors in the Temple ... 'hearing them and asking them questions.' His parents, Mary and Joseph, appear in the doorway saying, 'Son ... thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.' Whereupon Jesus replied, 'How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?' (Luke 2:41 - 49)

The right predella shows the boy Christ learning a trade in the carpenter shop from Joseph, His earthly father. The scene suggests the dignity of labor.

The symbols in the tracery at the top represent four more of the Acts of Christian Mercy. The ox with a yoke, comforting the sorrowful. The lamp and cross, counseling the doubtful. The praying hands and tree, supplication for the living and the dead. The barred door signifies, 'I was in prison and ye came unto me.'

The window of Christ in the Workaday World is the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dalley.

Height: ~124"

Width: 57"

Christ in the Workaday World
Christ in the Workaday World
Christ in the Workaday World canopy
Christ in the Workaday World canopy
Fishers of Men, left; Jesus in the Temple, right
Fishers of Men, left; Jesus in the Temple, right
Calling of Matthew, left; Jesus in the carpentry shop, right
Calling of Matthew, left; Jesus in the carpentry shop, right

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