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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Kirk in the Hills

Studio Name: Burnham (W. H.) Studios

City: Bloomfield Hills

Window Shape: 6 (gothic arched, more than 2 vertical sections)

Subject/Title of Window: The Passion of Christ

Brief Description of Subject: From "Welcome to the Kirk."
Towering over the altar is the Chancel window, portraying the Passion of Christ, as shown forth by Biblical incidents immediately preceding and following the Crucifixion.

In creating this arresting window, the designer (Joseph G. Reynolds) kept in mind the fact that it should be in full color, deep and rich in tone, for it is faced by the congregation. He took special care to make the larger central medallions of the Crucifixion and the Descent from the Cross double-size to insure their being the focal point of the window. Above them are symbols for the sun and moon, representing the text: "Now from the sixth hour there was a darkness over all the land, until the ninth hour. (Matthew 27:45). The angel at the left is holding the letters "IC," while the kneeling angel at the far right is holding the letters "XC" - representing, respectively, the first two and last two letters of the Greek word fo Jesus Christ.

In the tracery openings are six shields on which appear symbols of the Passion. The topmost pair depicts Veronica's veil and the Crown of Thorns. The left-hand pair shows the three nails and the thirty pieces of silver. The right-hand pair portrays the lantern and the scourges. Approximately eleven feet wide and twenty-two feet high, the window also contains four forms of the Cross above the larger lancets - the Anchor Cross, the Chi Rho Cross, the Celtic Cross and the Maltese Cross with its four sets of trifoils. Between the crosses the cherubim are shown with blue wings and the seraphim with red wings.

1 - The triumphal entry into Jerusalem;
2 - Christ washes the Disciples' feet;
3 - The Last Supper;
4 - The agony of the garden;
5 - The betrayal;
6 - Christ before Caiaphas;
7 - Peter denies Christ;
8 - Christ before Pilate;
9 - The flagellation;
10 - Christ is stripped of His garments;
11 - Christ carries His cross;
12 - The Crucifixion;
13 - The descent from the cross;
14 - The entombment.

Inscriptions: The triumphal entry into Jerusalem
Washing the Disciples' feet
The Last Supper
Agony in the Garden
The Betrayal
Christ Before Caiaphas
St. Peter Denies Christ
Christ Before Pilate
The Flagellation
Stripped of His Garments
Christ Carries His Cross
The Crucifixion
Descent From the Cross
The Entombment

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 22'

Width: 11'

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

The Passion of Christ
The Passion of Christ
The Passion of Christ top
The Passion of Christ top
The Passion of Christ upper left
The Passion of Christ upper left
The Passion of Christ upper right
The Passion of Christ upper right
The Passion of Christ lower left
The Passion of Christ lower left
The Passion of Christ lower right
The Passion of Christ lower right
Window key
Window key

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