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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Florian Catholic Church

City: Hamtramck

Window Shape: 4 (rounded or rose window)

Subject/Title of Window: Seven Sacraments

Brief Description of Subject: This rose window found in the nave describes the seven sacraments of the Catholic Faith.

12 o'clock -- BAPTISMA -- Baptism -- Chi-Rho cross (Christ) and what could be water poured from a scallop shell -- legend has St. John the Baptist using a scallop shell when baptizing Christ.
2 o'clock -- POENITANTIA -- Penance aka Confession -- Matt 16:9 Jesus gave Peter the keys to the Kingdom and said "what ever you loose on Earth will be loosed in Heaven -- this is the basis of the sacrament of penance.
4 o'clock -- CONFIRMATIO -- Confirmation -- Catholic ceremony where the Bishop anoints the person to be confirmed with the words "Be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit." The dove is the symbol for the Holy Spirit.
6 o'clock -- MATRAMONIUM -- Matrimony -- Marriage Cross and urns for wine referencing the miracle of changing water to wine at the Wedding Feast of Cana.
8 o'clock -- ORDO SACERDOTALIS -- Holy Orders (Priesthood) -- a Church
10 o'clock -- EXTRAMA UNCTIO -- Extreme Unction aka Last Rites -- 2 trumpets with a cross -- announcing a soul going to heaven.

Center -- EUCHARISTA -- Eucharist -- Legend has it that a Pelican saves its starving young by pecking a cut in its breast and feeding them with its own blood. This symbolizes Christ shedding his blood for our salvation. Holy Communion involves taking the Body and Blood of Christ.

Inscriptions: BAPTISMA

Width: 13' diameter

Seven Sacraments
Seven Sacraments
Seven Sacraments close-up
Seven Sacraments close-up
Penance close-up
Penance close-up
Marriage close-up
Marriage close-up
Seven Sacraments outside
Seven Sacraments outside

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