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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Joseph Oratory, formerly St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church

Studio Name: Detroit Stained Glass Works, The

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Subject/Title of Window: Dials of the Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart

Brief Description of Subject: The sacred heart centered in the crown of thorns surrounded by an aureole, and a lance piercing the heart. Surrounding the center, concentric circles, the intermost yellow with the hours of the clock, the next blue with titles of saints and angels, the outer red with inscriptions.

The beautiful devotion of the Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus originated in the Monastery of the Visitation of Holy Mary in Baurd (Ain) France on March 13, 1863, the third Friday in Lent. Consecrated to honor the five Sacred Wounds of Our Lord, especially the opening of His Heart by a lance. Enriched by His holiness, Pius IX, with all the indulgences of the Roman Arch Confraternity of the Sacred Heart it was erected into an Arch Confraternity by His Holiness Leo XIII in 1878.

The object of the Guard of Honor is to respond to a sorrowful complaint of Our Lord: “My Heart has expected reproach and misery; and I looked for one that would comfort me, I found none.” (Ps. 68)

The devotion for the Guard of Honor was erected in Detroit on October 3, 1888 at St. Joseph Church by the Administrator of the Diocese of Edward Joos. The Devotion was dormant for some years and was activated by the discovery of an oak framed, stained glass picture depicting the Dial of the Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart during the recent renovation of St. Joseph Church. At the same time, the certificate of the establishment of the Arch Confraternity at St. Joseph’s Church was also discovered.

--St. Joseph’s Parish Bulletin, 6/6/1993

Inscriptions: In the triangular space above circle in golden aureole: “Vive Jesus”.
In yellow ring, in stars, Roman Numerals “I-XII” as if on a clock face.
In blue ring, reading from right of top center and around the circle, “Allst. Junfr. Maria”; “St. Joseph”; “Alle heiligen”; “Die Seraphim”, “Die Cherubim”; “Die Thronen”; “Die herrschaften”; “Krafe”; “Die Machte”; “Die oberherrschaften”; “Die Engel”; “Die Erzengel” In red circle abouve heart: “ Ehre! Liebe! Genugthuung! dem herzen Jesu”
In red circle below heart: “Ehren wache des allerheiligsten herzens Jesu; In red panel at bottom: “Ich will bilden um mein aus meinen theursten und treusten seelan”
(Note that the twelve hours of the clock in the yellow circle are within twelve stars, which are referred to in this inscription as “eine krone von zwolf Sternen”

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

Dials of the Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart
Dials of the Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart

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