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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: Patroness of Repentant Sinners

Brief Description of Subject: This window was located above what was originally a confessional but is now a shrine devoted to Luke. Pictured here is Mary Magdalene, the Patroness of Repentant Sinners, with her attributes -- an ointment jar and long unfastened hair --- these come from Luke 7:36-50. This is the story that Jesus had been invited to the house of a Pharisee named Simon, and a woman, who was a known sinner, showed up "and stood behind Jesus at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and poured ointment on them." Simon was outraged that Jesus would let a notorious sinner touch him, but Jesus answered that Simon had given him little and this woman had given him much. "Then Jesus said to her, 'Your sins are forgiven'. The other guests began to say among themselves, 'Who is this that even forgives sins?' Jesus said to the woman 'Your faith has saved you, go in peace'." The Catholic Faith has identified this woman as Mary Magdalene.

Height: ~21"

Width: 12"

Patroness of Repentant Sinners, photo by Robert J. Scott
Patroness of Repentant Sinners, photo by Robert J. Scott

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