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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: 5 (gothic arched, 2 vertical sections)

Subject/Title of Window: Apostle Andrew and James

Brief Description of Subject:
Andrew “The Brother of Peter”
Andrew was martyred in Petrae (Greece) because he refused to pour a libation to heathen Gods-November 30, 60 A.D. He broke form his captors to embrace the cross saying, O Good cross, Salve Crux- from the limbs of the Lord you have received your eternal form, the long awaited ardently loved, constantly sought cross. Now my yearning soul is ready. Take me who has redeemed me through you, O Good Cross. He died uttering Suffered and Pontius Pilate and was crucified” Andrew was the sailor saint, the patron saint of Russian fisherman and was the favorite name for Scotland’s sons. Early Christians chose him as patron saint for good weather and good marriage (Andrew never married)
James the Minor
James it the Greek equivalent of Jacob- May God protest. The third patriarch of Israel (Jacob who became Israel( was very sacred to the Jews. Tradition says James was a farmer. Legend claims that very alter in life James was cast down the temple steps by the Parisees. His foot was injured by the fall, so that he, like Jacob, limped through the rest of life. James is consistently named ninth in the list of Apostles. We have no words he wrote or deed he performed. Jerome and early Western tradition held that James was Jesus’s cousin. Protestants do not accept this tradition. The high priest Anna’s II commanded James to ascend te pillar and denounce Christ. James took the indicated position but proclaimed Christ as the Messiah. The leaders threw him to the pavement,  but he survived. They showered stones upon him. A priest threw himself upon James to protect him, but a fuller (cloth dry) crushed James skull with one blow of his felting stick. At the age of ninety, James body was sawed asunder and buried. James is the patron saint of hatters and weavers. The scene at the base of the window depicts the risen Christ pointing to his own wounds and holding a stone to encourage James to bear pain and suffering to Mary, James mother had witnessed the Resurrection of Christ and had sent her to see for himself.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 17'

Width: 6.5'

Type of Glass and Technique: Lead Came

The Apostles Andrew and James
The Apostles Andrew and James

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