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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. Cecilia

Brief Description of Subject: The choir loft and stairs leading to the choir loft obscure what was originally a single window. The harp portion can be viewed clearly from the choir loft and most of the bottom section can be viewed from the floor level of the church.

St. Cecilia playing the organ dressed in pale green gown with gold overdrape. A harp is displayed in the figure above.

St. Cecilia was born into a noble family in Rome. When forced to marry a nobleman named Valerian, Cecilia vowed to remain a virgin. The story is told that at her wedding she did not hear the music but sat apart singing to God in her heart. Eventually, she converted her husband and his brother to Christianity. The three developed a ministry of giving Christian burial to martyrs in Rome. When she was arrested, Cecilia refused the order to worship false gods. As a result, she was suffocated and beheaded. In 817 A.D., when her grave was discovered, Cecilia's body was miraculously intact.

Inscriptions: Church Choir

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 18'

Width: 44"

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass

St. Cecilia upper
St. Cecilia upper
St. Cecilia lower
St. Cecilia lower

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