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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: 1966

Subject/Title of Window: Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

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 used for the Gospel side clerestory windows.

This is the first in that series and answers "When will this "second coming" take place? It is known as "Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins" --- Matthew 25: 1- 13 (KJV).

"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be liken unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them. But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him." Verses 1 - 6

(Top light) "Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said unto the wise, Give us your oil, for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there not be enough for us; but go ye yonder rather to them that sell and buy for yourselves." Verses 7 - 9

(Right Light) "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage; and the door was shut." Verse 10

(Left light) Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not." Verses 11 - 12

"Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." Verse 13

The Vestry erected this window in tribute to the Pastorate of William Butler Sperry, Rector of this 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 Wise and Foolish Virgins
Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

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