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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: First United Methodist Church

City: Alpena

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1975

Subject/Title of Window: Blessed are the Persecuted

Brief Description of Subject: “Blessed are They Which Are Persecuted for Righteousness Sake, For Theirs Is Not Kingdom of Heaven”
Christ left no doubt that those who followed in His Footsteps might suffers severely- that they would surely face score, ridicule, and severe persecution.
Why? Why? Why? We ask.
Just imagine if someone who really lived and completely followed these beatitudes teachings came to live without- to work without how would you react?

Such a person would be so different that the natural reaction of the average person would be to try to eliminate that which silently condemn him. Sinful human natural will try to destroy that which is a rebuke to it.
Therefore, those who profess to adhere to a life consistent with the Beatitudes must be prepared to live by the hatred and the persecution of others.

Historically, Christians have had to face terrible ordeals, savage and brutal treatment, physical and mental torture. Those who swore allegiance to Christ and to His teachings often were put to death.

So our Christian faith is a blood bought faith. We now are so comfortable sit in our church pews and are those who receive the benefits. For all the struggles of such great Christian leader, we are living today in freedom and comparative peace.
Does your Christian life seem tame, respectable, safe? Then you might do well to ponder this fact. But if tour Christin life brings hardships, strong opposition and persecution—then rejoice and be glad for you are being recognized as a real Christian. A great reward awaits you in Heaven.

The Sword
Portrays the outing thrusts of Persecution suffered by persons who have taken a stand. For goodness, even in the midst of
opposition. Blessed is the person. When he is courageous enough to be true to his own conscience and integrity

The Crown
He has his reward, symbolized by the Crown which represented a High reward for the presence of God. A freedom from the burden of self-guilt. A state of being able to like oneself and God. An approval and support from God. A stance which invites respect and gives strength to other Christians.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 105"

Width: 24"

Type of Glass and Technique: Slab or Faceted Glass (Dalle de Verre)

Blessed are the Persecuted
Blessed are the Persecuted

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