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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

Subject/Title of Window: Mother of Divine Grace

Brief Description of Subject: The Clerestory windows are designed to let light into the Church and all have the same design --- a wide border of stylized lilies and three medallions. The center medallion will contain a symbol for an avocation found in the Litany of Loreto. The avocation in this window is "Mother of Divine Mercy, Pray for us."

Pictured in the center medallion is a water fountain. The suitability of this symbol is described in the 1750 book "The Illustrated Litany of Loreto" by Franz Xavier Dornn and illuminated by the Klauber Studio. Translated in 1878 from Latin by Thomas Canon Pope.
Adeamus ad thronum gratiae. Heb. iv. 16.
Let us go therefore to the throne of grace.

Mary as the mother of Divine Grace, is here very correctly represented as a fountain whose waters are gushing ... for it is she who, in the Angelical Salutation, is styled Gratiae plena --- full of grace; and, in a qualified sense, she can assert herself: "In me gratia omnis --- in me is all grace." Equally, as the sea abounds in waters, so Mary who derives her name, a Mari, from the sea, abounds in graces."

Height: ~64"

Width: 36"

Mother of Divine Grace, photo by Robert J. Scott
Mother of Divine Grace, photo by Robert J. Scott
Mother of Divine Grace, exterior
Mother of Divine Grace, exterior
Loreto Divine Grace illumination by Klauber Studio.
Loreto Divine Grace illumination by Klauber Studio.

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