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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

City: Ypsilanti

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1933

Subject/Title of Window: John the Baptist Preaches

Brief Description of Subject: This window is located on the façade and is viewed when walking up the steps to the balcony.

The scene is based on Matthew 3:1 - 11:
"And in those days John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea saying, 'Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand!' ... John wore clothing made of camel hair and had a leather belt around his waist ... At that time Jerusalem, and all of Judea, were going to him and were baptized by him in the River Jordan as they acknowledged their sins. When he saw the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, 'You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? ... I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I ... He will baptize you with the holy spirit and fire.'" (NABRE)

John the Baptist, wearing clothes made of camel hair with a leather belt around his waist, is holding a walking stick topped with a Tau cross. The banner has the words "Agnus Dei." This comes from the Vulgate's rendering of the words John the Baptist spoke as Jesus approached him to be baptized, "Ecce Agnus Dei" --- "Behold the Lamb of God," John 1:29.

Inscriptions: Patrick and Margaret Dingnan

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 50"

Width: 26"

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass, Lead Came, Vitreous Paint

John the Baptist Preaches
John the Baptist Preaches
John the Baptist Preaches close-up
John the Baptist Preaches close-up

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