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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: Mother of Our Savior

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 in the Litany of Loreto. The avocation symbolized in this medallion is "Mother of our Savior, Pray for us."

Pictured is a branch of blooming roses with the inscription "Virga Jesse" --- Rod of Jesse. This inscription is from Chapter 11 of Isaiah, which makes the prophecy that the Savior would be a descendant of Jesse --- "And there shall come forth a rod out of the roots of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of this root" (Isaiah 11:1 Douay-Rheims).

Mary's part in fulfilling that prophecy is expressed in the plainchant "Alleluia Virga Jessie Floriut," sung at Christmas time.

The rod of Jesse has blossomed
a virgin hath brought forth God and man:
God hath restored peace,
reconciling in himself the lowest with the highest.

Inscriptions: Virga Jesse

Height: ~64"

Width: 36"

Mother of Our Savior, photograph by Robert J. Scott
Mother of Our Savior, photograph by Robert J. Scott

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