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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: Annunciation

Brief Description of Subject: Each Sacristy window contains symbols of the most important days celebrated throughout the liturgical year starting with Advent. This is the 10th window in this series and contains symbols for the Annunciation. This window is positioned as the first important date after Easter. Although its date is most often March 25th, if that date falls during Holy Week the Annunciation is celebrated the first Monday after the second Sunday after Easter which is its place in this series. The Annunciation is covered in Matt 21:1-11; brief synopsis -- The Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her she would conceive a son by the power of the Holy Spirit and he shall be called "Holy, Son of God". Symbols used in this window  include a descending dove (Holy Spirit), a lily plant (purity), a monogram that contains the letters "A", "M", "R", and "I" (letters used in the spelling of Mary in Latin "Maria" and Hebrew "Mariam", all this sits on a scroll. Since around the 11th Century, Mary was usually pictured kneeling while reading a Psalter when the angel appeared to her, later this was changed to reading Isaiah 7:14 -- "The Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel"; hence the symbol of a scroll.

Inscriptions: ANNUNCIATION

Height: ~6.5'

Width: 18"

Annunciation-Ascension outside
Annunciation-Ascension outside

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