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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. Simon

Brief Description of Subject: From The Stained Glass Windows of Immaculate Conception Church, Iron Mountain, Michigan by Father Darryl J. Pepin, Pastor, 1989-.
12. Saint Simon - St. Simon is called in the Gospels "the Zealot" due to his zeal for the Jewish law before Jesus called him to become an Apostle. Like several of the other Apostles, little is known of Simon's life. He supposedly brought the Gospel of Jesus to Persia and was martyred there be being sawn in two, hence is often, as he is seen here, represented by carrying a saw. St. Simon is often mentioned with another of the Apostles, St. Jude, also known as St. Jude Thaddeus. They celebrate their feast days together on October 28th.

The lunette (half-round upper-most portion of the window) depicts a man wearing the red robes of a cardinal or bishop. He holds a cross in his hands. The meaning of this lunette, like in window number seven, Bishop Scalabrini who first sent priests from Italy here to Iron Mountain to minister to the Italian immigrants. Or it could represent St. Charles Borromeo for whom Bishop Scalabrini named his order of immigrant-helping priests - the Institute of Saint Charles Borromeo (ISCB). The person in this lunette has a rope around his neck which is often used to represent someone who had a speech impediment. St. Charles Borromeo was known to have such an impediment.

This window was donated by the people of the parish who came from the Lombardia region of Italy. It was repaired and restored in 1982 in memory of Oreste and Regina Pucci and Angelo and Virginia Balzarini by Mario "MUzz" and Mary Balzarini Pucci.

Condition of Window: Excellent

Height: 10'

Width: 3'6"

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

St. Simon
St. Simon

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