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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Trinity Episcopal Church

Studio Name: Tiffany Studios (attributed by the church to)

City: Niles

Window Shape: 5 (gothic arched, 2 vertical sections)

Date of Window: 1977

Subject/Title of Window: Saint Cecilia

Brief Description of Subject: Saint Cecelia is seated at the console wearing a wreath of red roses. On the lower section a …flanked by a red rose and a lilly is seated on palm branches. This window is unique in that Connick Studios chose to use an abundance of amber glass, a color that does not appear in other Connick windows in the church.We see Saint Cecelia patroness of musicians seated at the console. On her head she wears a wreath given by an angel. In the lower sections is a lyre seated on palm branches, symbol by a red rose and a lily, representing divine love and purity.

 St. Cecilia born 180 A.D. was married to a youth named Valerian. Her husband did not accept her Christianity at the time of her marriage.

She told her husband that she was under the protection of an angel, and when he replied “if this becomes true show me the angel” she told him that if he would belief in God and be baptized he should see him. He consented her kneeling in her room, and by the side an angel with outstretched wings, holding two crowns of rose and lilies. These he placed on their heads and vanished.

Soon after, Cecelia was condemned to death for her Christian beliefs. St. Cecilia’s Church in Rome contains a chapel built on the traditional site of the room in which she suffered her Faith.

She was afterwards taken to be the patroness of music, and is general represented with an organ or organ pipes in art. The monks of the monetary adjoining the Church of St. Cecilia where her body was laid, were endowed by the Church in order that they might sing at her tomb without ceasing both day and night.
Upon examination of the St. Cecilia window you will see the crown of roses and lilies on the head of St. Cecilia as well as the flowers in other parts of the window, together with the pipe organ and musical lyre at the floor of the window resting upon palm branches the symbol of the saint victorious.
The window was designed and executed by Connickl Studios of Boston, Mass and is given by members of Jean Barron’s family as well as many friends.

Members of Barron family have been communicants of Trinity Church since Dr. Jabez Barron came to Niles in 1839. Frank Barron and his sister, the late Janice Barron worship in Trinity Church. Mrs. Long was devoted to the Altar Guild, having sewn many fine linens and vestments for altar use. She most generously endowed the guild at her death. Frank Barron was a vestryman, warden, and for years, treasurer of the church. This window is in memory of his wife, Jean music which makes the choice of St. Cecelia a most appropriate memorial.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 8.5'

Width: 2'

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass

Saint Cecelia
Saint Cecelia

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