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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Mary's of Redford Church

City: Redford

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Subject/Title of Window: Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath

Brief Description of Subject: This narthex window, located in in the stairway leading up to the choir loft, depicts the story of "Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath" which is found in Chapter 17 of 1 Kings.

Ba`al, the god of rain, was being worshipped around Samaria and Ahab the King did nothing. God was angry at this and sent the prophet Elijah to tell Ahab that he would be punished for this with a severe drought. God then told Elijah that for his own safety he was to flee, eventually being told to go to Zarephath where a widow would feed him. When he got to Zarephath, Elijah asked the widow for some food but she told him that she had only a handful of flour left and just a little oil in a jar and that she was gathering a few sticks to prepare a meal for herself and her son, that they may eat it and die of starvation. Elijah said to her "Do not fear, but make me a little bread cake from it first and bring it to me, and afterword you may make one for yourself and for your son. For thus says the Lord, God of Israel, 'The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth'."

Height: 49"

Width: 19"

Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath
Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath
Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath, close-up
Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath, close-up

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