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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: 1931

Subject/Title of Window: St. Matthew

Brief Description of Subject: From The Stained Glass Windows of Immaculate Conception Church, Iron Mountain, Michigan by Father Darryl J. Pepin, Pastor, 1989-.
11. Saint Matthew - St. Matthew was an Apostle and Evangelist. We learn of Matthew from his own Gospel where Jesus approaches him as he sits collecting Roman taxes from his fellow Jews. Jesus calls him to follow and Matthew leaves his money table to become an Apostle. Matthew's Gospel goes into minute detail about the geneaology of Jesus and so he is represented by a young man holding the scroll which outlines that listing of heritage. Little is known of where Matthew preached the Good News, but is is said that he may have gone to Ethiopia and parts of Asia. He is venerated as a martyr for Christ but little facts are known about his death. His feast day is September 21st.

The lunette (half-round upper-most portion of the window) gives us a picture of St. Agnes. Agnes was a young woman living in the very early days of the church. She consecrated her virginity to the Lord. She was curelly tortured and tormented by a brutal governor who wanted her to give into his lists. St. Agnes died by being beheaded at the age of thirteen. She is the patron saint of young women who wish to lead pure and chaste lives. Her feast day is January 21st.

This window was donated by Societa delle figlie de Maria S.S. Immacolata (the Society of young women of Mary Immaculate) and was repaired and restored by Rudolf and Gertrude Ganga.

Inscriptions: Societa delle figlie de Maria S.S. Immacolata

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. Matthew
St. Matthew

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