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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. John's Episcopal Church

City: Detroit

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

Subject/Title of Window: Moses and the Major Prophets

Brief Description of Subject: Moses, the writer of the first five books of the Old Testament, is seen in the canopy with his attributes of the Ten Commandments and the "Rod of Moses." The commandments are four on one tablet and six on the other, reflecting that the first four commandments pertain to relationships to God while the last six to human relationships. The "Rod of Moses" is part of the story of God's appearance to Moses in the form of a burning bush. A skeptical Moses doubted that the Israelites would believe that God had appeared to him and asked for a sign:

"And the Lord said unto him, what is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled before it. And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand." Exodus 4: 2 - 4.

Above the four prophets are two angels praising the Lord with a ten stringed harp. "Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings." Psalm 33:2 KJV

The four major prophets are pictured. They are called "major" as they wrote the longest books in the Old Testament by a prophet. Except for Daniel, they are seen with a book --- symbolizing they wrote scriptures.

Isaiah is best known for his vision of the Lord and the prophecy that the Messiah would come from the House of David.

Jeremiah is known as the "Weeping Prophet" for his sorrow over the coming destruction of Jerusalem.

Ezekiel is best known for his vision of the valley of dry bones.

Daniel is seen with a lion at his feet. Daniel was falsely accused of not obeying an edict, so the King had him thrown into a den of lions. When the lions did him no harm, he was released.

The window was donated by Louisa P. Roberts in memory of her husband John Roberts 1798 - 1881, First Junior Warden of St. John's Church.

Condition of Window: good

Height: ~11'

Width: 3'

Moses and the Major Prophets
Moses and the Major Prophets
Moses and the Major Prophets
Moses and the Major Prophets
Ezekial and Daniel
Ezekial and Daniel
Isaiah and Jeremiah
Isaiah and Jeremiah

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