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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: Bible/Latin Cross/Crown

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 space and is called "Bible/Latin Cross/Crown." The lower space is titled "Christ the Teacher, Savior, and Healer." This is the only one of the aisle windows that both the upper and lower spaces were actually conceived as one window. Thus this window is a memorial to the pastor, William H. Marbach, and was donated by his wife, Mrs. H. Marbach.

The Reverend William Marbach informed Connick Associates that " 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 the following memo to their designer of this window:

"The west side is very deeply shaded by the neighboring building. We must use just as light glass and 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."

Description of window by Connick Associates: "The upper portion of the window, designed in harmony with the lower part and other windows of the Church, is enriched with significant symbols, reflecting the lower theme, --- the Cross of Redemption over the central figure, the Heavenly Crown at the right, and the Bible in the left ... inscribed 'The Word of God.' The colorful field provides a rich pattern in support of this theme, with symbols of the white lily of purity in smaller medallions above and below."

Inscriptions: The Word of God

Height: 10'

Width: 6'10"

Bible/Latin Cross/Crown
Bible/Latin Cross/Crown
Cross of Redemption
Cross of Redemption
Heavenly Crown
Heavenly Crown

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