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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Joseph Catholic Church

Studio Name: G. C. Riordan Stained Glass Studios

City: St. Joseph

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1904

Subject/Title of Window: St. Elizabeth

Brief Description of Subject: Green robed figure with rose colored over garment and white veil. Figure is holding a bird's nest in left hand. Right arm is raised at elbow with palm facing outward.

A descendent of the Old Testament patriarch Aaron, Elizabeeth was a close relative of the Blessed Virgin and the wife of Zachary, a temple priest. Childless for many years, she gave birth to John the Baptist late in life. She is the Elizabeth that Mary visited soon after the Annunciation. Elizabeth is described in the Gospel of Luke as "righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly." Luke 1:6

The empty nest represents barrenness. Elizabeth is the paron saint of mothers and pregnant women.

Inscriptions: Frank and Caroline Melsheimer

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 18'

Width: 44"

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass

St. Elizabeth
St. Elizabeth

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