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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: All Saints

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 17th and last window in this series and contains symbols for All Saints day which is celebrated on November 1st. In the Catholic Church this is an important enough that it is a Holy Day of obligation --- meaning attendance at Church is mandatory. The idea of All Saints Day stems from the belief in the Communion of Saints --- all of us on heaven, earth, and purgatory are spiritually unity in a common community through Jesus Christ. An interpretation of this window might be taken from St. Cyril's words -- (on All Saints Day) "we mention those that have fallen asleep, first the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, that through their prayers and supplication God would receive our petition". The symbols seen in this window: CROWN saints are crowned on attaining heaven, ROSES a symbol of heavenly joy, SUN, LIGHT BEAMS, 3 BARS CROSS, OPEN BOOK -- the open book represents the people on earth that believe in God's words, the sun is beaming down rays of Divine Light to earth, the 3 barred cross (a variation of the Papal cross) is the saints cross ----- the narrative then is saints in heaven, through God, are praying for us and interceding on our behalf.

Inscriptions: ALL SAINTS

Height: ~6.5'

Width: 18"

All Saints
All Saints

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