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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: First United Methodist Church of Dearborn

City: Dearborn

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Subject/Title of Window: Matthias and Jude

Brief Description of Subject: Matthias
Mathis took Judas Iscariot’s place. He was selected by lot. Matthias name meant “Gift of God” This is the only place in the Bible where his name appears. Scholars believe he worked in Judaea and perhaps died early. Armenians claim he was one of five who christened the county. Eusebius says he was a vegetarian. He was a patron of butchers and builders. Clement of Alexandria claims Matthias died a natural death. However, heis always pictured with an ax, a hatchet, a lance or sword and frequently with stone. The latter could represent the casting of lots (stones), but the other symbols suggest martyrdom.
Jude “Judas not Iscariot”
Matthew called him “Lebbaeus” (Matthew 10:3). Mark called him “Thaddeus” (Marl 3:18). Luke called him “Judas, the brother (or son) of James” (Luke 6:16). The only recorded words of Jude are found in John 14:33, “Lord how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? The symbol at eh base of the Jude window is a ship under full sail. Early in the Church’s history the boat became a symbol for the Church. The word “nave” designating the central section of the church comes for the Latin word for ship. Jude’s recorded question suggests an “outreach” a missionary thrust to the message of faith in Christ= not provincially confined to one locality. Jude was a farmer baptized by John the Baptist. He served in Syria and Persia. Jude is the patron saint of the troubled. He was martyred and buried at Beirut.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 17'

Width: 6.5'

Type of Glass and Technique: Lead Came

The Apostles Matthias and Jude
The Apostles Matthias and Jude

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