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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Chapel in the Woods; Starr Commonwealth

Studio Name: Burnham (W. H.) Studios

City: Albion

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1950

Subject/Title of Window: Visit of the Magi

Brief Description of Subject: "Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is he who has been born King of the Jews, for we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him' ... Going into the house they saw the child with Mary, his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him. Then, opening their treasures, the offered him gifts." Matthew 2

What a masterpiece this window is! The contrast in facial character and expression seems impossible of accomplishment in a medium as hard as glass. Study the refinement in delineation of the face of the standing man at the left of the scene. Conrast this with the passivity of the Ethiopian, and the eagerness in the face of the kneeling figure.

They youthful serenity of Mary and the Child is accomplished in exquisite simplicity of line. The robes and the hoods of the Magi offer the same contrasts as do the faces.

The background detail portrays the story of the visit of the Magi. The star that appeared in the sky to foretell the holy birth is shown as it rises, follows its course across the heavens and sets over the place where Jesus lay. The star is portrayed in three positions and in three colors.

From "May All Who Enter This Chapel-in-the-Woods Rejoice and Be Exceeding Glad in The Love of Jesus Christ Our Lord," by Starr Commonwealth For Boys, Albion, Michigan.

Inscriptions: Ada Warner Biggs

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 4'

Width: 2'

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass, Lead Came, Silver Stain

Visit of the Magi
Visit of the Magi
Christ the Baby
Christ the Baby

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