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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: First English Evangelical Lutheran Church

Studio Name: Willet Hauser Architectural Glass

City: Grosse Pointe Woods

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1960

Subject/Title of Window: The Old Testament

Brief Description of Subject: At the top left section is an eye in a swirl of stars symbolizing God's work of creation. Beneath it is a portrayal of Adam and Eve who represented the climax of all God has made. At the bottom is the serpent through whom they are tempted with the flaming sword depicting their expulsion from the garden of Eden.

In the middle section is Abraham who is called as the man through whom God's purpose of redemption is to be realized. His name of Abram is changed to Abraham meaning the father of a multitude. Across Abraham is a sash with a cross, a star of David, and a crescent and sword representing the idea that three religions - Christianity, Judaism, and Islam - trace their spiritual ancestry to Abraham. Below the stars, used to depict the numerous ancestry of Abraham, is a representation of his willingness to sacrifice his son Issac with the ram in the thicket that is offered instead.

To the right is the call of Isiah in the temple whose mouth is purged with a live coal so that he might prophesy. Below the figure is a symbol of the man treading out the winepress as an indication of the suffering Messiah. The tree stump with a shoot to the side represents his prophesy of the Messiah - "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots."

Condition of Window: Excellent

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Antique or Cathedral Glass, Lead Came, Vitreous Paint

The Old Testament
The Old Testament
The Old Testament Willet studio sketch
The Old Testament Willet studio sketch

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