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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: Ascension/Descent of the Holy Spirit/Christ in Judgment/Christ in Majesty

Brief Description of Subject: Each of the 10 aisle windows contain four roundels that picture events in the life of Christ, for a total of 40 scenes. These scenes are arranged, some what, in a chronological order starting with the Annunciation (nearest the sanctuary on the epistle side) and ending with Christ in Majesty (nearest the sanctuary on the gospel side),

The roundels in this window from top to bottom:
Ascension (Acts 1:6 - 11). The disciples had assembled and asked the Resurrected Christ, when would he would restore the kingdom of Israel? He told them, the time was not for them to know, but they would soon receive the Holy Spirit and were to be witnesses for him to the ends of the world. "And when he had said these things, while they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. And while they were watching him going up to heaven, behold, two men stood near them in white vestments. And they said, 'Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from heaven shall return in just the same way that you have seen him going up to heaven,'" (CPDV).
Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:6 - 11). "And when the days of Pentecost were completed, they were all together in the same place. And Suddenly, there came a sound from heaven, like that of a wind approaching violently, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them separate tongues, as if of fire, which settled upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. And they began to speak in various tongues, just as the Holy Spirit bestowed eloquence to them," (CPDV). With the "Descent of the Holy Spirit" becoming a Mystery of the Holy Rosary, the Virgin Mary, as here, increasingly became the center of attention surrounded by the Apostles.
Christ in Judgment (Matthew 23:31 - 46). "When the Son of man shall come in glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the king say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world ... Then shall he say also unto on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels ... And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life everlasting," (KJV). On the book are the Greek letters "Alpha" and "Omega" ---- Revelation 22:10 - 13 "Do not seal the words of of the prophecy of this book, for the the time is near ... I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," (CPDV). An angel is seen placing a crown on the person to the right of Christ --- the reward that awaits the righteous in heaven.
Christ in Majesty. Christ, encased in a mandorla, is seated on the throne. In his right hand is a scepter (symbol of sovereignty) and in the left a globus cruciger (symbol for authority over the world). One set of angels have trumpets, announcing the presence of the Lord, and the other set of angels exalting the Lord with censers.

Inscriptions: In Memory of Bernard Kirk

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 12'

Width: 46"

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

Ascension/Descent of the Holy Spirit/Christ in Judgment/Christ in Majesty
Ascension/Descent of the Holy Spirit/Christ in Judgment/Christ in Majesty
Descent of the Holy Spirit
Descent of the Holy Spirit
Christ in Judgment
Christ in Judgment
Christ in Majesty
Christ in Majesty

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