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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Holy Spirit Catholic Church

City: Saginaw

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Subject/Title of Window: East Window

Brief Description of Subject:  Design was inspired by the Acts of the Apostles 2 “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And there appears to them tongues as of fire, distributing and resting on each one of them. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the spirit gave utterance.

The stained glass windows for this sanctuary faced some unique challenges. The design while creating a visual expression of this parish’s spirituality also needed to allow a view of the exterior environment.

Purple to blue lavender mouth blown triple flashed glass was used to create a vibrant color contrast to the subtle variations of opal to clear glass. The movement of amber to red flames seems to puncture the field of purple with energy symbolic of the Holy Spirit. By days the flames color projects onto the wall behind the altar as the sun changes its path throughout the day and the season. The flames sprayed and fired with 24 karat gold illuminate the night, acting as a beacon to signify the  building as a church.

Height: 11'

Width: 75'

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass

East Window
East Window

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