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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Holy Redeemer Church

City: Burton

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Subject/Title of Window: Blessed Mother

Brief Description of Subject: The first two windows at the front of the left side, highlight our Blessed Mother. The first window at the front left side highlight our Blessed Mother. The first window symbolizes Mary as full of grace (free of sin- the immaculate Conception). She was foretold as the woman who would be at enmity with Satan (symbolized by Mary’s foot crushing the head of a serpent) From her was to come the One who would crush the power of Satan, namely Jesus (symbolized by the letters Chi-Rho with a crown.
In the second window we are reminded of the annunciation symbolized by the Holy Spirit (dove) overshadowing Mary (the largest and most beautiful of all lilies which are a symbol of purity.

The third window reminds us of the birth of Bethlehem, with the star, crib, three crowns (three kings) and sheep (one black and one white).

The four windows depict the baptism of Jesus. The red lines at the top symbolize the presence of God who said, you are my beloved son. We also see the water shell with water being poured over Jesus. The candle at the bottom reminds us that Jesus came to the be the light of the world.

The fifth window symbolizes the caller of the apostles who were called the fishers of men. The Chi Rho shows that Christ is doing the calling. The net and the fish symbolize the occupation of many of the apostles and their future spiritual mission of gathering people into the kingdom of Christ.

As we move to the transept, the bay of seven windows depicts the highlights of the New Covenant. The first window recalled the Last Supper (the bread, wine, cup) which points ahead to the death and resurrection of Christ. The crucifixion and death of Christ is depicted in the second window with the three empty crosses and the form of the Pieta, which one of the few figure like forms in all of the windows. The Pieta is shown in very plain glass to emphasize the complete desolation which occurred when Jesus died and was buried.

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass

Blessed Mother
Blessed Mother

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