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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)

Subject/Title of Window: Tympanum window

Brief Description of Subject: This non figural window is the tympanum over the main doorway. The bilateral symmetry of the window is evident in the outdoor view.

In the upper part, the most prominent feature is a large circular section. At its core is an eye enclosed in a triangle --- the "Eye of Providence." This is enclosed in a six pointed star --- the Creator's Star (in Genesis, the Creation took six days). This star radiates outwards to 12 small circles --- the twelve Apostles.

In addition to 6 and 12, other numbers that are used here:
3 --- triune nature of God (triangles)
4 --- the Evangelists (Squares and 4 pointed stars)
5 --- wounds of Christ ( five lights form the bottom row)
8 --- regeneration, from the Epistle of Barnabas --- the Resurrection "ushered in the eighth day (of creation), the beginning of a new world (hope for eternal life)."
(seen in the first, third and fifth of the five windows that form the bottom row).

Condition of Window: good

Height: ~7.2'

Width: 9"

Tympanum window
Tympanum window
Tympanum window outside
Tympanum window outside

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