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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Cathedral of St. Paul

Studio Name: Mayer (Franz) and Company

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 4 (rounded or rose window)

Subject/Title of Window: Holy, Holy, Holy

Brief Description of Subject: In 1867 some unhappy members of St. Paul left and formed Grace Church, but by 1909, the two parishes agreed to merge into the Cathedral parish. Part of the agreement was to incorporate, among other things, the altar and the "Visit of the Magi" window from Grace Church into the new building. Architecturally the window was not consistent in size or shape with the Cathedral's design.To make it work the window was divided into two parts ---- the rose in the canopy, now the window called "Holy, Holy, Holy, is located next to the Grace side altar while the "Visit of the Magi" is located in the seating space for that side altar.

This rose window pictures an angel in the center of an octofoil. The angel is holding a banner inscribed with words from Isaiah's vision found in Isaiah 6:1-6 (KJV) --- Isaiah saw God sitting on a throne and angels worshipping him saying "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory." The cusps of the octofoil have a floral design using grape leaves. Grape leaves references Christ's words in John 15:1 "I am the true vine." Around the grape leaves are what look like colored dots. Originally a cusp using green dots would be followed by a cusp that had red dots and vice versa, however when reassembling the window after a restoration it was noticed that a mistake had been made. Starting at the top and going clockwise that pattern is now RGGRRGRG --- the third and fourth should be reversed.

The window is a memorial to members of the Tefft and Barbour families --- William H. Tefft, Martha Holbrook Tefft Barbour, Frank H. Tefft, Florine Tefft, Edwin S. Barbour and Frank H. Tefft Barbour.

Inscriptions: Holy Holy Holy

Height: 8'

Width: 8'

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass, Enamel Paint, Lead Came, Vitreous Paint, Silver Stain

Holy, Holy, Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy, close-up
Holy, Holy, Holy, close-up

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