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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Albertus Church

Studio Name: Mayer (Franz) and Company

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1924

Subject/Title of Window: Offering of Melchizedek to Abram

Brief Description of Subject: Window description: Having already offered bread and a chalice of wine the scene portrays the priest Melchizedek's giving a blessing to a kneeling Abram.  Below the scene is an angel holding a shield with a cross superimposed on chi (X).

Background: Genesis chapter 14 concerns Abram's rescue of his nephew Lot. They had traveled together and eventually went their own way. Later, in war, Lot was captured and Abram rescued him by defeating the forces that had captured Lot. On the return after this victory, Abram met with the King of Sodom and Melchizedek --- who was king of Salem (Jerusalem) as well as a priest of God most high. Melchizedek brought out bread and wine for them and said: "Blessed be Abram by God most High."  

Notes:Melchizedek is an important figure in the Old Testament as he is the archetype of a priest who at the Consecration in the Mass takes BREAD and WINE and blessing it says the words that Christ spoke at the Last Supper -- "Take this and eat of it for this is my Body, which will be given up for you. Take this and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new covenant which will be poured out for the forgiveness of sins." God will later change Abram's name to "Abraham".

Height: ~14'

Width: 4'

Offering of Melchizedek to Abram
Offering of Melchizedek to Abram
Offering of Melchizedek to Abram close-up
Offering of Melchizedek to Abram close-up

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