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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: Mary and Dorcus

Brief Description of Subject: Mary
The first panel of the window pictures Mary, the mother of Jesus, with the baby Jesus in her arms, with the words of the Magnificat, "My soul doth magnify the Lord." Above, the Alpha and Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, the beginning and the end, symbolic of Jesus; and the two doves, symbol of peace.

In the medallion below is the angel announcing to Mary that she shall be the mother of the Redeemer of the world and the words, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord."

The name of F. Lorin, Maitre-Verrier, Chartres, designer and executor of the windows is to be found in the lower left corrner of the medallion.

In the right panel, is Dorcas, the first Gentile convert to Christianity, a follower of Paul. In the arch above is the loaf of bread, symbolic of the feeding of the poor and good works carried on by faithful women of the church.

The medallion below is the scene of the faithful women bringing gifts of food to those who are ill and in need.

Inscriptions: My soul doth magnify the Lord.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Ministering the necessities of the Saints.
The faithful women.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 11'6"

Width: 4'6"

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

Mary and Dorcas
Mary and Dorcas

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