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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Immaculate Conception Church

Studio Name: Menominee Stained Glass Works

City: Iron Mountain

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1902

Subject/Title of Window: St. James the Greater

Brief Description of Subject: From The Stained Glass Windows of Immaculate Conception Church, Iron Mountain, Michigan by Father Darryl J. Pepin, Pastor, 1989-.
3. Saint James the Greater - Since there were two Apostles named James, this one is called "the Greater" since he was the older of the two. He is the son of Zebedee and the brother of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist (depicted in another window of this church). This Apostle is also known as St. James, the Pilgrim. According to tradition, he traveled to the coasts of Spain telling of Jesus. The sea shell indicates this. He is depicted with a walking staff on which hangs a water bottle made from a gourd. He also has a pilgrim's hat hanging on his shoulders. He was the first Apostle to die for Christ by being beheaded. His feast day is July 25th.

The lunette (half-round upper-most portion of the window) contains a representation of St. Anthony of Padua. St. Anthony was born in Portugal but moved to Italy to join the company of St. Francis of Assisi. He spent long hours in mystical prayer and on one occasion was seen holding the Child Jesus in his hands as he prayed.

The window was donated by the Societa delle Madri Famiglia (the Society of the Mothers of the Family). It was repaired and restored in 1982 in memory of the Nick Simone family.

Inscriptions: Societa delle Madri Famiglia

Condition of Window: Excellent

Height: 10'

Width: 3'6"

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

St. James the Greater
St. James the Greater

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