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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Florian Catholic Church

City: Hamtramck

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Subject/Title of Window: Immaculate Conception

Brief Description of Subject: Description: Each sacristy window contains symbols of the important days celebrated throughout the Liturgical year which starts with Advent. This is the second window in that series, the "Immaculate Conception" which is celebrated on December 8th. The Immaculate Conception celebrates the Virgin Mary being born without the original sin of Adam. It is not covered in the Bible hence depictions of the event are left to the artist's imagination. The Catholic Faith has identified Mary with the woman in Rev.12:1 -- the woman was clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of 12 stars on her head. Scenes or symbols of the Immaculate Conception, like here, are usually pictured using this text. Seen in this window is a crescent moon under the lily with rays of the sun at the top of the lily plant. The lily plant symbolizes her purity. It is possible that the object wrapped around a circular light inside the crescent moon is a snake that tempted Adam in the Garden of Eden.


Height: ~6.5'

Width: 18"

Immaculate Conception
Immaculate Conception
Advent/Immaculate Conception outside
Advent/Immaculate Conception outside

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