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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Starkweather Chapel, Highland Cemetery

Studio Name: Tiffany Studios

City: Ypsilanti

Window Shape: 5 (gothic arched, 2 vertical sections)

Date of Window: 1889

Subject/Title of Window: Wead Memorial Window

Brief Description of Subject: This aisle window was commissioned by Mary Ann Starkweather to memorialize Ira M. Wead. He obtained the degree of Doctor of Divinity and served as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Ypsilanti from 1830 to 1847. He left to serve as the secretary of the American Board of Foreign Missions in Chicago. Upon retirement he returned to Ypsilanti and is buried at the Highland Cemetery.
The scene at the top of this aisle window is from Luke's version of the Nativity. An angel of the Lord appears to shepherds in the field and tell them of the good news of the birth of the Savior, "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly hosts praising God, 'Gloria in excelsis Deo' (Glory to God in the Highest Luke 2:13). The 13 putti could be viewed as the heavenly hosts praising God. The cross, a symbol of Christ, and the inscription from Luke are placed in a cloud (a symbol of the presence of God).
Found In the lower portion of the window is the memorial inscription surrounded by a floral pattern.
Through the years the windows in the Chapel have suffered damages. As a temporary fix, the damaged areas were replaced with available glass. The Cemetery is hoping to have the windows in the Chapel restored at some future date.

Inscriptions: Gloria In Excelsis Deo
In Memory of Ira M. Weed [sic] D.D.
And Caroline His Wife
1804 1871

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 6'5"

Width: 3'6"

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Lead Came

Wead Memorial Window
Wead Memorial Window
Luke's version of the Nativity
Luke's version of the Nativity
Memorial inscription
Memorial inscription
Wead Memorial Window outside
Wead Memorial Window outside

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