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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: East Congregational Church UCC

Studio Name: Chartres Glassmaker’s Guild

City: Grand Rapids

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

Date of Window: 1955

Subject/Title of Window: Stephen and Luke

Brief Description of Subject: Stephen
Stephen and Luke, represent the Greek influence in early Christianity.

Stephen, the first martyr, was celebrated by the early Christians for the purity of his life. Paul did not cast a stone at the stoning of Stephen, but he held the clothes of those who did, and that haunted his mind and imagination always thereafter, and Paul spoke of himself as the chief of sinners. In the arch above, is the lily, symbolic of immortaliy, and the hand outstretched in blessing.

Below is the scene of the martyrdom of Stephen with his hands upraised with the words, "I see the heavens open," and like the words of Jesus on Calvary he said, "Father, lay not this sin to their charge."

In the second panel of the window is St. Luke, the physician, poet, the gospel writer. He is the author of the infancy narrative and the only New Testament writer of other than Jewish origin.

Below, in the medallion, is the scene of Mary and Joseph, and the little donkey, as they make their way into exile, refugees in that First Century.

Inscriptions: A man full of faith.
I see the heavens opened.
Luke ministering to Paul.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 11'6"

Width: 4'6"

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass, Enamel Paint, Lead Came

Stephen and Luke
Stephen and Luke

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