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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: Queen of Peace

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 "Queen of Peace."
Pictured is a crown and an olive branch.
An olive branch as a symbol of peace comes from the end of the great flood in Genesis 8:11, when a dove came back to the ark "carrying a bough of an olive branch, with green leaves, in her mouth. Noe therefore understood that the waters were ceased upon earth," (Douay-Rheims).
The story of how the title came about and added to the Litany begins in 1518 with an 11 inch high wooden statue. Jean de Joyeuse gave this statue as a wedding gift to his wife. It had the Virgin Mary holding an olive branch in her right hand and the Christ child in her left. It remained in the family through a few generations and was known as the "Virgin of Joyeuse." Eventually it came into possession of the Capuchin Franciscans of Paris. It remained there for over two hundred years and they gave it the name that is still used today for this statue, "Our Lady of Peace." In 1806 it came to be possessed by its present owner --- The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, located in Paris. In 1906 crowns were added to the statue by the Archbishop of Paris in the name of the Pope. In 1916, while the "War to end all Wars" was raging, Pope Benedict XV added "Queen of Peace" to the Litany.

Height: 10'

Width: 4'

Queen of Peace
Queen of Peace
Queen of Peace outside
Queen of Peace outside
Facsimile "Our Lady of Peace" Statue

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