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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: First Presbyterian Church

Studio Name: Connick (Charles J.), Ltd.

City: Pontiac

Window Shape: 6 (gothic arched, more than 2 vertical sections)

Date of Window: 1955

Subject/Title of Window: Cherubim

Brief Description of Subject: As viewed from the outside, the space for this west aisle window extends quite a bit lower. For viewers inside the Church, a balcony obscures vision of the middle part. This window occupies the upper part and is called "Cherubim". The lower portion of this space is the window titled "The Children's Window."

The Reverend William Marbach informed Connick Associates that "... it is not possible to have the intense light of the east side on the west side of the building because of the building which is about 15 ft. from our wall. Connick Associates wrote out the following note to their designer of this window:

"The west side is very deeply shaded by the neighboring building. We must use just light glass and as little painted texture as possible on this side, and a great deal of rough-textured or corrugated glass to pull down and reflect in just as much light as we can."

Concerning the design of this window,The Reverend Marbach wrote "a study of Cherubim on the upper portion of the main panels would be a suggestion worth experimenting with."

Cherubim appear in numerous places in the Bible with various descriptions. In this window, the outer cherubim have two sets of wings as in Ezekiel 1:23, while the center cherub has three sets of wings as in Revelation 4:8.

Connick Associates description for this window:
As suggested, the medallions in the heads of the lancets are devoted to cherubim, --- ruby winged, the traditional symbol of Divine Love, in a blue field at the center; and blue winged, the symbol of heavenly contemplation, in a ruby field at either side. The colorful field provides a rich pattern in support of this theme, with symbols of the white lily in smaller medallions above and below."

Inscriptions: Presented By Church School 1955

Height: 10'

Width: 6'10"

Cherub, left
Cherub, left
Cherub, center
Cherub, center
Cherub, right
Cherub, right

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