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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. John's Lutheran Church

Studio Name: Potter's Stained Glass Emporium

City: Dowagiac

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 2006

Subject/Title of Window: Chi Rho

Brief Description of Subject: Noah’s Ark and the promise rainbow
This was the second window which was constructed. The Chi Rho (the first two letters in the Greek name for Christ superimposed upon each other) was the sandstone symbol.

Since the symbol was “Christ,” the promised Savior of the world, the account of salvation through the flood was selected as the background picture. “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.” (Hebrews 11:7) In the ark, the Lord had told Noah to take two of every type of animal. Two panda bears were included next to an ark which had come to rest on dry land once again, in amongst the mountains.

The Lord provided a rainbow after the flood as a constant reminder that never again would He bring a world-wide flood on this earth. “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” (Genesis 9:13)

Noah sent out a dove to see if the waters were receding from the earth. It returned to the ark with an olive branch in its mouth, letting Noah know that the waters were receding from the face of the earth. “When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.” (Genesis 8:11)

In the small window below, three more animals are pictured. “All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds - everything that moves on the earth - came out of the ark, one kind after another.” (Genesis 8:19)

Height: 70"

Width: 44"

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

Chi Rho
Chi Rho
Chi Rho outside
Chi Rho outside

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