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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Window

Building Name: St. James Episcopal Church

Studio Name: Lamb (J. and R.) Co.

City: Birmingham

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Subject/Title of Window: St. James

Brief Description of Subject: The window depicts the Virgin Mary at the moment of the Annunciation. Thus the dove of the Holy Spirit and the rays of light preceding from Heaven spread over the upper pane. Surrounding her feet are the blossoming flowers, symbolic of new birth and life coming into being.

In the borders are woven in an unobtrusive way, a series of significant symbols relating to the Virgin. Among others these illustrate the Morning Star, the Mystic Rose, the Lily Purity, the Fountain of Pure Water, the Ivory Tower, the Gate of Heaven and the Fleur de Lis. Also, in the very outer border appear periodically the red rose of Sacrificial Love. Woven throughout the border is also the Rose Thorn blossoming into little roses and standing for the pain of Sacrificial Love.

Mary is shown wearing the traditional undergarment of red, and the cloak of the heavenly Madonna blue.
Below Mary appears another of the Beatitudes the one particularly fitting for the Handmaiden of God; namely “Blessed are the Meek, for they shall inherit the Earth”. 


Height: 57"

Width: 37"

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass

St. James
St. James

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