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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church

City: Livonia

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1980

Subject/Title of Window: From Creation to New Creation, Set 1

Brief Description of Subject: A set of six windows, entitled "From Creation to New Creation," was designed for this Church and installed in 1980. This is the first of that series and was originally located in the sanctuary. Due to alterations to the Church in 1992, it was moved to the library.

This set covers the Old Testament.

Panel 1: Creation. The story of creation is covered in Genesis 1. God's creations pictured here, include the sun, stars, land, vegetation, and birds. According to Church records, this panel was given by Mildred Glei in loving memory of her brother, Richard Bleimeister.

From the Church brochure: "Pictured here is the blessing of God as it came to us as he created the world. You can see there various elements of God’s creating hand. We see the waters, the hills, the trees, the vegetation that are all present in our world that make it lush and beautiful to look at. We see the sun, the stars, the clouds, the heavenly bodies which lighten our world and give to us warmth."

Panel 2: Ten Commandments. Exodus 31:18 (ESV) --- And he [God] gave Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on MOUNT SINAI, the TWO TABLETS OF THE TESTIMONY, TABLETS OF STONE, written with the finger of God." According to Church records, this panel was given by Mildred Glei in loving memory of parents Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bleimeister, and Mr. and Mrs. John Glei.

From the Church brochure: "Sin entered into the world and destroyed much of what God had originally called “very good” and because of this it was necessary for God to punish man, to throw him from the Garden of Eden which he had created for man’s enjoyment, and for God to set down in writing a word of law which would govern man’s life since now he no longer lived harmoniously with God’s will. This window represents one of the major emphasis of the Old Testament, namely, the Law of God."

Panel 3: Written in Hebrew, Isaiah 40:1 -3 (ESV) --- "Comfort, comfort, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that warfare is ended, that her inequity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins. A voice cries: 'In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.' " These are words of the prophet Isaiah. The last sentence will be quoted in the New Testament to describe the role of John the Baptist as "preparing the way for the Christ," (LUKE 3:4). According to Church records, this panel was given by Mildred Glei in memory of her husband, Helmuth Glei.

From the Church brochure: "This window represents the Old Testament and the Prophets. We have pictured here a scroll of the Old Testament. The writing that you see upon it is actual Hebrew writing and it is form the fortieth chapter of Isaiah. The translation of these verses is the following: “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, ‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.’” these verses prophesy the coming of John the Baptist who had precisely that message to give to his people. He was the one who prepared the way of the Lord. So it is that these Old Testament writings lead the way into the New Testament."

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 7

Width: 5'6"

From Creation to New Creation Set 1
From Creation to New Creation Set 1
God's Creation
God's Creation
Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments
Isaiah's Prophecy
Isaiah's Prophecy

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