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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Christ Church Detroit

Studio Name: Wippell, (J.) & Co., Ltd.

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1967

Subject/Title of Window: Parable of the Talents

Brief Description of Subject: Just after Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, he took his disciples to the Garden of Olives and prophesized about the end of the world (second coming). In Matthew 25, Christ uses three parables to answer the disciples questions about this "second coming." These are the subjects for the Gospel side clerestory windows.

This is the second in that series and answers "How must you prepare for this second coming?" It is known as the "Parable of the Talents" --- Matthew 25:14 - 30. A "talent" is a weight of coinage. It is from this parable that the English word "talent" means an ability or aptitude.

(Top light) The master is going on a long journey and entrusts his money to his servants until he returns.

(Right light) The first two servants go off to invest the money while the third buries the money as he is afraid to lose his master's money.

When the master returned he settled the accounts with them.

Left light) Those that invested the money were successful in doubling the master's money and he was well pleased and rewarded them. The master was not pleased with the servant that had buried the money and was only able to return what he was given. For him the master said "Cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." verse 30

The Vestry erected this window in tribute to the Pastorate of William Butler Sperry, Rector of the Church 1947 - 1966.

Condition of Window: good

Height: ~6'

Width: 7'

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass, Lead Came, Vitreous Paint, Silver Stain, Etching or Sandblasting

Parable of the Talents
Parable of the Talents

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