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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Mary Catholic Church

City: Royal Oak

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Subject/Title of Window:  Holy Virgin of Virgins

Brief Description of Subject: This clerestory window is one of 17 windows illuminating titles for the Virgin Mary found in the Litany of Loreto. The title pictured here is "Holy Virgin of Virgins."
Pictured are three lily petals bound together near their bases. The suitability of this symbol for "Holy Virgin of Virgins" is described in the 1750 book "The Illustrated Litany of Loreto" by Franz Xavier Dornn and illuminated by the Klauber Studio. The book was translated in 1878 from Latin by Thomas Canon Pope.
Holy Virgin of Virgins The daughters saw her, and declared her most blessed. Cant. vi. 8
The virginity of Mary is here symbolically represented under the type of a lily, to signify her triple virginity, namely, the virginity she enjoyed before parturition, the virginity which she retained during parturition, and the virginity which she preserved after parturition. It is in regard to this triple and pre-eminently perfect virginity that not only these words may be attributed to her: "Una est columba mea, perfecta mea --- One is my dove, my perfect one;" but, moreover, the Church venerates and invokes her as the Virgin of Virgins.

Height: 10'

Width: 4'

Holy Virgin of Virgins
Holy Virgin of Virgins
Holy Virgin of Virgins outside
Holy Virgin of Virgins outside
Illumination by Klauber Studio
Illumination by Klauber Studio

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