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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: First United Methodist Church

City: Grand Ledge

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1912

Subject/Title of Window: Crown, Cross, Palm Leaf

Brief Description of Subject: From the booklet, "First United Methodist Church, Grand Ledge, Michigan. Walking Tour Guide of the Stained Glass Windows," by C. Bernard Johnson (1994).
The window located on the opposite wall from the V.W. Hoags is the one given by Mr. & Mrs. F.M. Hoag.

Francis M. Hoag was a member of the church for over 55 years. Mr. Joag was born July 15, 1882 in Ingham County and came with his parents to live in Grand Ledge when he was a small boy. He was a member of The Board of The Methodist Church during a great part of his 55 year membership. He was a city clerk for two terms, and at the time of his death was employed by The Grand Ledge Auto Parts, dying in 1953.

Leanna referred to as Lena Hoag was born in Watertown Township in 1877. Her parents were David and Mary Dixon. Lena was also a member for over 55 years, dying the same year as her husband in 1953. Lena served as a teacher and Superintendent of the Primary Department.

Thursa Smith, Mrs. Glen Smith is the daughter of the F.M. Hoags and granddaughte of the V.W. Hoags.

This window has three symbols, the crown in which there is placed a cross and a palm branch. This represents Jesus the King. The cross and crown have often been seen together as symbols. The palm branch, in Jesus time in history, was seen as a sign of victory. The army would have a victory over its opponent, and everybody would wave palm branches. We celebrate Palm Sunday as Jesus comes riding in, and everybody waves palm branches, because he is the New King. The problem was that in Jesus' time, people's idea of what a King was and Jesus' idea of a Servant King, were two different things.

Inscriptions: Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Hoag

Condition of Window: Fair

Height: 6'10"

Width: 2'11"

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Lead Came

Cross, Crown, Palm Leaf
Cross, Crown, Palm Leaf

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