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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. John's Episcopal Church

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1967

Subject/Title of Window: Virgin Mary and Dove

Brief Description of Subject: This Chapel window depicts the Virgin Mary in the traditional pose of humility --- crossed arms in front of chest. In Mary's hands is a dove --- one of her attributes that most likely stemmed from her close association in Scriptures and Apocrypha with the Holy Spirit whose symbol is also a dove. For examples, Mary as a dove can be seen in a line of the prayer "Theotokia" --- "Hail Mary, the beautiful dove", or in the "Mirror of the Blessed Virgin" by St. Bonaventure where he describes her as "Thou art the most beautiful dove of Noah, who hast most faithfully stood as mediatrix between the Most High God and the world submerged in a spiritual deluge."

At the top of the window is a monogram for the Latin name of Mary ---- "Maria." Below that symbol is a fleur-de-lis (flower of the lily), a symbol of her chastity. The shield at the bottom contains a white rose, symbolizing her purity.


Condition of Window: good

Height: ~64"

Width: 16"

Virgin Mary and Dove
Virgin Mary and Dove

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