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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: 2 (rectangle)

Subject/Title of Window: Wise Virgin

Brief Description of Subject: In Matthew 24, Christ told the Apostles about the Last Judgment and they asked him "When will it come?" Jesus answered that question in Matt. 25 with the "Parable of the Ten Virgins".

"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps to meet the bridegroom (Christ). Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take oil with them. The wise however took oil jars along with their lamps." The bridegroom was late and arrived at night. The wise virgins were able to light their lamps and escort the bridegroom to the banquet (Heaven). The foolish had to buy oil and by that time the banquet had already begun and they were locked out. Jesus then makes clear the message "Watch ye therefore, for you know not the day nor the hour."

The wise virgin with her lit oil lamp and jar is pictured on one side of the main door while the foolish virgin with no oil for her lamp is on the other side. The placement of these windows by the main door is quite appropriate as a very popular subject for the tympanum over the main door in Medieval churches was the Last Judgment -- reminding those entering the church to be prepared for its coming.

Height: 45"

Width: 25"

Wise Virgin
Wise Virgin

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