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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: First United Methodist Church

Studio Name: Beaux Art Studio

Artist Name: Francois Grenier

City: Farmington

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1922

Subject/Title of Window: The Just Shall Live By Faith

Brief Description of Subject: This window is located in a corridor leading to what at one time were the main entrances to the Church. The inscription comes from Romans 1:17 --- "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith: as it is written, The just shall live by Faith." (KJV)

As an Augustinian monk and professor of the Bible, Martin Luther was appalled at the selling of indulgences to make one righteous before God. In protest, he posted 95 theses on the door of Wittenberg Castle. Two years later, while reading Romans 1:17, he had an epiphany --- righteousness before God was a free gift for those who believed in Jesus.

Symbols seen on this window:
Stylized lilies (fleur-de-les): Lilies bloom around Easter time and came to symbolize the Resurrection.
Grape leaves: "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." (John 15:5 KJV)
Cross in Crown of Life: The crown that awaits in heaven for those of Faith.

Inscriptions: The Just Shall Live By Faith

Height: ~56"

Width: 28"

The Just Shall Live By Faith
The Just Shall Live By Faith

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