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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Florian Catholic Church

City: Hamtramck

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Subject/Title of Window: Assumption

Brief Description of Subject: Each sacristy window contains symbols of the most important days celebrated throughout the liturgical year which starts with Advent. This is the 15th window in this series and contains symbols for the Assumption which is celebrated on August 15th. The Assumption of Mary's body into heaven was first put forth in 451 AD as the Roman Emperor wanted to bring relics of Mary to Constantinople, however, a bishop told him that she had died in the presence of the Apostles, but later when they came back to the tomb her body was gone and they concluded that her body must have been taken to heaven. In this window is seen a "ROSE without thorns" (Mary) that has been lifted out of an open GRAVE by a Divine (yellow) LIGHT BEAM into heaven. The Catholic Church has identified the woman in Rev.12:1 as Mary ---- "A great and wondrous sign appeared in HEAVEN, a woman clothed with the SUN (a bit green in this window), with the MOON (crescent) under her feet, and STARS on her head". I believe the flower to the right of the open grave is a PINK CARNATION -- there is a legend that the pink carnation sprang from the tears of the Virgin Mary.

Inscriptions: ASSUMPTION

Height: ~6.5'

Width: 18"


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