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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: Lent/Palm Sunday

Brief Description of Subject: Description: Each sacristy window contains symbols of the important days celebrated throughout the liturgical year starting with Advent. This is the 5th window in this series and contains the symbols for Lent and Palm Sunday which is a day in the Lenten season. Lent is the Liturgical season leading up to Easter. The beginning of Lent depends on the day Easter is celebrated; Easter is a movable feast and occurs the Sunday after the first full moon of Spring, so on any given year Lent could start anywhere between February 4th and March 10th.  Lent is a season of penance and you are expected to fast and on certain days abstain from meat; these days of abstinence became known as "fish days". Palm Sunday is the 6th Sunday of Lent and celebrates the day Jesus came into Jerusalem on a donkey and the inhabitants put palms in his path and called him "King". In this window Lent is symbolized by the plate of fish and Palm Sunday by a king's crown and palms. I believe the purple cloth circling the crown refers to the priest wearing purple vestments during Lent -- purple symbolizes penance. The roses seen in this window may refer to the 4th Sunday in Lent which marks the half way point in Lent. The rules of Lent are relaxed for this day and the priest may wear rose colored vestments. This Sunday has become known as "Rose Sunday." Also possible the color red of the roses may reflect the red colored vestments worn on Palm Sunday by the priest.

Inscriptions: LENT

Height: ~6.5'

Width: 18"

Lent/Palm Sunday
Lent/Palm Sunday
Purification, Lent/Palm Sunday outside
Purification, Lent/Palm Sunday outside

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