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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Mt. Zion Lutheran Church

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1947

Subject/Title of Window: Luther Coat of Arms

Brief Description of Subject: Small Window in Narthex (beginning at the west)

Luther Coat of Arms- It represents a black cross, in ta red heart on a white rose, in a blue field surrounded with a golden circle.

The Office of the Keys- Since the office of the keys is the peculiar church power which Christ has given to his church on Earth to forgive the sins of penitent sinner unto them, but to retain the since of the impenitent as long as they do not repent. It is fitting that the symbol for the power is two keys saltire that is crossed like the letter X. The one key represents Excommunication by which the door is locked upon the willful and impenitent sinner. The other key is Absolution by which the door to the Kingdom is gladly opened to the sinner, when he resents. The one key is gold and the other silver. The recall Peters confession, and our Lords statement regarding the Office of the Keys.

Holy Matrimony- This sacred rite is symbolized by two clasped hands. There is a third hand above them, with the thumb and first two fingers extended in Benediction. This represents the blessing of the Triune God which rests upon this holy estate.
Confirmation We have the symbol of a dove reminding us of the words from our liturgy, “renew and increase in thee the gift  the Holy Ghost” Hence the dove is the symbol of the Holy Spirit. In the picture is a clergyman, clad in vestments laying his right hand upon the head of the one being confirmed.

The Bible- The Divinely inspired Word of God. It is opened signifying that it should be read by all.

Spreading the World- This is depicted by a dove over the opened Bible. Since the dove is emblematic of the Holy Spirit, this signifies the Bibles was written by inspiration of God. The dove over the Opened World of God signifies the spread of this Word of God throughout the world.

Condition of Window: Good

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass

Luther Coat of Arms
Luther Coat of Arms

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